Viewed from a range of different measures, low-income residents of Mississippi are particularly disadvantaged with respect to access to health care, quality of care received, costs of care, health outcomes and income-based health care disparities. Mississippi is also one of the poorest states in the country, with nearly 1 in 5 residents falling below the federal poverty level—the highest rate of any state in the country. Research suggests that cost is a significant barrier to accessing needed care, particularly for low-income and uninsured individuals.
In a new white paper prepared in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund, Manatt Health estimates the five-year fiscal impact on Mississippi if the state were to expand Medicaid beginning in State Fiscal Year 2023. The white paper examines projected costs and savings associated with the expansion, including added funding available through the American Rescue Plan.
To read the full white paper, click here.