Health and Health Care Services
These programs involve the provision of direct medical services to young children and adolescents or cost defrayment to families of young children.
Prenatal Care/Maternity Services
Prenatal Care and Maternity Services is an umbrella term for a series of medical check-ups, lab work, counseling, and other health care and education services provided to pregnant women with income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The overall goal of these services is to reduce low birth weight, infant and maternal mortality, and morbidity. WIC enrollment, assistance with Medicaid applications, and some post-partum care and family-planning services are also provided under this program umbrella. Prenatal care is available at all county health departments.
Contact: 601-576-7400 or 1-866-458-4948
Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Support Services (PHRM/ISS)
Women who report one or more positive risk factors on the PHRM/ISS Perinatal Screening Form and whose child is eligible to receive Medicaid may receive enhanced case management and other infant support services, which includes help with finding a doctor for pregnancy and infant care, psycho-social and nutritional counseling, and health education through the Mississippi State Department of Health. The program includes medical referrals, delivery planning, health information and diet advice, and family planning, with the option of home visits after the mother and infant leave the hospital. These services are available statewide.
Contact: 800-721-7222 or (601) 576-7463
Vaccines for Children Program/Immunizations
Free vaccines and immunizations are available for children (birth to age 18) who receive Medicaid, who are Native Americans or Alaskan Natives, and who have health insurance that does not cover immunizations. Public and private health care providers who are in the MSDH network may distribute these free-to-patients vaccines and immunizations.
Managed Care – Mississippi Coordinated Access Network (MississippiCAN)
The Mississippi Division of Medicaid (MDOM) has implemented a managed care program called MississippiCAN. MississippiCAN is designed to get a better return on Mississippi’s health care investment by improving the health and well-being of Medicaid beneficiaries. MDOM has contracts with two coordinated care organizations that are responsible for providing services to the Mississippi Medicaid beneficiaries who participate in the MississippiCAN program. Click the link below to learn more about managed care, the MississippiCAN program.
MS Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program (MSLPPHHP)
MSLPPHHP is a statewide initiative to eliminate lead poisoning in children younger than 72 months old and to reduce exposure to health hazards in the home environment. MSLPPHHP includes environmental assessments of dwellings frequented by children with elevated blood lead levels and other support services or interventions that provide safe and healthy living conditions for young children.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CHIP provides insurance coverage for uninsured children up to age 19 whose family income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty line. A child must be determined ineligible for Medicaid before eligibility for CHIP can be considered. Children with current health insurance coverage at the time of application are not eligible for CHIP.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program is a federally mandated service that provides preventive and comprehensive health services for children (birth to 21) who are eligible for Medicaid. The program provides critical services to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents and provides a way for children to get medical exams, checkups, follow-up treatment, and special care. Your child can be seen at the county health department or at one of the EPSDT doctors or clinics in your area that takes Medicaid. With this program, children can get free checkups early on and access to mandatory periodic examinations and evaluations, which are helpful to assess, diagnose, and treat your child’s health needs.
Contact: (601) 359-6050 or 1-800-421-2408
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
By a 1998 legislative mandate, newborn hearing screenings are conducted by all 45 birthing hospitals in the state. Diagnostic audiological evaluations are conducted by audiologists after newborns fail their third hearing screening at the hospital.
Contact: 601-576-7427 or (800) 451-3903
Children’s Medical Program (CMP)
Delivered by the Mississippi State Department of Health, CMP provides family-centered care coordination services for children and youth with special health care needs. The goal of the program is to improve child health through the collaboration of all systems that serve children and youth with special health care needs and their families. If your child has a chronic illness or disability, CMP will work with you and your health providers to arrange and organize services and identify needs and resources to improve the health and well-being of your child. This is a care-management program; the program does not pay for direct care services.