Mississippi Health Benefits for Children
Health benefits for children from birth to age 19 are provided through Medicaid. Some children may be eligible for Medicaid. Other children whose families make too much money to qualify for Medicaid may be eligible for UnitedHealthcare insurance, otherwise known as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
The Children’s Health Insurance Program provides insurance coverage for uninsured children up to age 19 whose family income does not exceed 200% of FPL. Families may earn up to 200% of the federal poverty level and be eligible for CHIP. 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 and Diagnostic Treatment (EPSDT)
The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program is a federally mandated service which provides preventive and comprehensive health services for children under 21 years of age. It provides critical services to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents.
Expanded Mississippi Early and Periodic Screening and Diagnostic Treatment (EPSDT)
The EPSDT program was expanded in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 to allow for additional services to be offered.
Early Intervention/Targeted Case Management
Early Intervention/Targeted Case Management (EI/TCM) is an active, ongoing process that involves activities carried out by a case manager to assist and enable a child (0 to 3 years of age) enrolled and participating in the Mississippi Early Intervention Program gain access to needed medical, social, educational and other services.
Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System (PHRM/ISS)
Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System is a multidisciplinary case management program established to help improve access to health care and to provide enhanced services to certain Medicaid eligible pregnant/postpartum women and infants. The enhanced services for this target population include case management, psychosocial and nutritional counseling/assessments, home visits and health education.
Vaccines for Children (VFC)
Vaccines for Children is a federally funded and state operated program that began October 1994. The program provides vaccines free of charge to VFC eligible children through public and private providers. Providers are reimbursed by Medicaid for shot administration only.