Health Care Coverage Cannot Wait
More than 180,000 more Mississippians would be eligible for Medicaid if the state expanded the program. That means Mississippi would be a healthier place to live and to work because Medicaid expansion creates jobs and boosts local and state economies. These numbers only tell part of the story. If you’re interested in joining Southerners for Medicaid expansion or telling your story, complete the form below and let us know how you would like to get involved.
Eight States, One Cause
Mississippi is among 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate southern states, there has never been a more important time to expand health care coverage for Mississippians — including some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program and Mississippi Center for Justice are joining advocates from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina in the shared effort to expand Medicaid for essential workers, communities of color and uninsured families and children across the south.
The South has the nation’s highest uninsured rates, overwhelming rates of poverty, chronic health conditions, and racial health inequities. With over 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, and 56 rural hospital closures since 2014, expanding Medicaid would allow nearly 7.5 million people who are uninsured to gain coverage in these eight states that have denied health coverage to their residents.
Mississippians in the coverage gap
Hospital closures since 2010
Of Mississippians have no health insurance
Of funding from the federal government Mississippi has missed out on by not expanding Medicaid
Of rural Mississippi hospitals are vulnerable or at risk of closure
Save the Date – Solidarity Vigil
On October 1, candlelight vigils will be held throughout these eight states in an act of Southern solidarity and remembrance to honor the people who have died and those who continue to suffer from the denial of affordable healthcare. Leading up to the event the North Carolina Justice Center will feature a storyteller from each state on Facebook Live who will share their experience with healthcare coverage in their state.
Join our list for updates on storyteller events and the culminating vigils by completing the form below. You can also receive information about hosting a vigil in your community.
Connect with Us
Get connected with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program and the Mississippi Center for Justice for news and updates about the Southerners for Medicaid Expansion events or to host a storytellers event or vigil in your community.
800 N.President St.
Jackson, MS 39202
5 Old River Place, Suite 203
Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: (601) 352-2269