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UnitedHealthcare to exit Mississippi Federal Health Insurance Exchange

UnitedHealthcare recently announced it will exit Mississippi’s Health Insurance Exchange, also known as the federally facilitated marketplace, on Jan. 1, 2017. Currently, UnitedHealthcare is one of three insurance companies offering individual policies in the state through the federal marketplace, and the only one that covers all 82 counties.

UnitedHealthcare’s departure from the federal marketplace will have no effect on Mississippi Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan through MississippiCAN or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM) presently contracts with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi as one of two Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), which administer the agency’s managed care program, MississippiCAN, and CHIP. The other CCO is Magnolia Health.

Individual UnitedHealthcare plans offered through the federal marketplace until January 2017 are different from MississippiCAN’s UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi.

This exit does not impact MississippiCAN’s UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi. Beneficiaries and providers enrolled with MississippiCAN or CHIP do not need to switch to Magnolia.

MississippiCAN was authorized by the Mississippi Legislature in 2011. As of January 2016, there are 506,798 beneficiaries enrolled in MississippiCAN, representing about 65 percent of the total Medicaid population.

If you have questions, please contact us toll-free at 800-421-2408 or 601-359-6050. Learn more about the Mississippi Division of Medicaid at

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