Health insurance is becoming increasingly important in Mississippi as the state’s population continues to grow.
The state’s unemployment rate hit a 10-year high of 6.8 per cent last month, according to the latest census figures.
It’s also at its highest since the 1950s, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That means more people need to be insured, said Julie Soto, executive director of Mississippi Health Insurance Alliance.
It’s also a lot easier to get coverage if you live in Mississippi, she said.
“If you’re a retiree, you’re on Medicare, you have Medicare Advantage, you are eligible for Medicaid, you don’t need a prescription drug.
You don’t have to worry about a copayment.
And you can get free or reduced prices, because you have a statewide network,” Soto said.
But for those without health insurance, it’s still not as easy to get access.
A health insurance worker walks through a health insurer’s office in downtown St. Louis.
(Jeff Roberson/AP)Soto said that’s why the alliance is working on expanding health insurance coverage to people in the state without it, and adding health care professionals to the insurance pool.
“We want to be a leader in this field, and we have a lot of momentum right now in the Mississippi area, but we’re not done yet,” she said.
“We’ve got to continue to build that infrastructure, so people don’t go without health care.”
In the past, Soto and other advocates for health insurance in the US have focused on the health of people who can’t get it through work.
They’ve said it would help make up for the gap, especially for people with preexisting conditions.
In the meantime, they’ve said, Mississippi’s health insurance system is a bit more generous than most, allowing people to get health care at a lower cost than most states.
But in an attempt to expand coverage to all Mississippi residents, the alliance says it’s adding more than 700 health care providers and is expanding coverage to more people than usual.
The alliance said in an email it’s making it easier for people to find health insurance and will provide information on how to sign up for coverage.
It says it will also work to improve access to health care for people who have insurance, including by improving information on eligibility and quality of care.
Mississippi Health Insurance Association President Jim Preece said in the email that the new health insurance options have been rolled out across the state.
“The goal is to give people access to insurance that’s as affordable as it can be for them and they are encouraged to enroll,” Preeces email said.