> Mississippi Health Benefits (SCHIP)
Through Mississippi Health Benefits, there are two health insurance options that cover children: the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. CHIP is a free/low cost private health plan for children in families meeting family size/income requirements. This program covers eligible children to their 19th birthday. Families are urged to apply to see if their children are eligible for either the CHIP or the Medicaid program.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Mississippi, yourself or a child under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, and you must have an annual household income before taxes of less than $26,955 if two people live in the household; $33,874 if three people live in the household; $40,793 if four people live in the household; $47,712 if five people live in the household; $54,631 if six people live in the household; $62,382 if seven people live in the household; $68,469 if eight people live in the household; and $75,388 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $6,919 for each additional person in the home. Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.
Applications for Mississippi Health Benefits are available by mail and at many locations that serve children's needs like local health departments, Human Services offices, community health centers, rural health clinics, Head Start centers, public schools, and some hospitals and private clinics.
To apply for CHIP, you can request an application by calling 1-800-421-2408 or you can download the PDF Application Form from the following site:
Mail the completed application form to The Human Services Office in the county where the applicant lives:
Program Contact Information:
For more information on Mississippi Health Benefits, please visit our web site