Southern Miss effort to enroll low-income children in health insurance in jeopardy

June 6, 2018, Hattiesburg American, Ellen Ciurczak- Funding is up in the air for a University of Southern Mississippi effort to enroll uninsured, low-income Pine Belt residents in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP. And now, a Trump administration proposal has jeopardized some of the funding for CHIP itself. The proposed cut would have a particularly devastating effect in southeast Mississippi, where there’s a large number of uninsured women and children, said Samantha Wells, with the nonprofit group, Health Help Mississippi. “If that cut is made, it would definitely be a big hit on the program, as far as the moms and children we serve,” she said. “It would affect them directly. They wouldn’t be able to have access to that care. “This area, in particular, we do run across families and children in need of coverage. At our community events and health fairs, we see the need in the community.”

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