Mississippi Health Benefits (CHIP)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Healthcare
December 19, 2018


Through Mississippi Health Benefits, there are two health coverage options for children: the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. CHIP is a free/low cost private health plan for children in families meeting family size/income requirements. This program covers eligible children to their 19th birthday. Families are urged to apply to see if their children are eligible for either the CHIP or the Medicaid program.


Mississippi Health Benefits (CHIP) is administered by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for Mississippi CHIP, you must be a resident of Mississippi, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $25,373
2 $34,401
3 $43,430
4 $52,459
5 $61,488
6 $70,517
7 $79,545
8 $88,574

*For households with more than eight people, add $9,029 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Application Details

To apply for Medicaid or CHIP for children or to apply as a pregnant woman or low income parent or caretaker, please complete and submit the PDF application online.

You may also request a paper application by calling 1-800-421-2408. You may bring or mail in the completed application to the Regional Medicaid Office serving your county of residence. Completed applications can also be faxed to 601-576-4164 or scanned and emailed to [email protected]

To file an application as an aged, blind or disabled individual, download the application on the Medicaid website for aged, blind or disabled individuals.



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