From Press Reports
Health Help Mississippi, which covers Webster and other area counties, opened its office in Starkville on April 10. “We are very excited to be a part of the community and to outreach to the citizens of North Mississippi,” said Program Manager Lateshia Butler. In an effort to outreach to individuals in North Mississippi Health Help is launching its initial campaign to the area’s young adults, age 19-26. With graduation season fast approaching, many young adults are facing new adventures — some on to college for the first time, others on to finding their first jobs. Many of Mississippi’s young adults are moving on to their futures without health care options; however, HHM is here to help ease some of those concerns. According to the Center for Mississippi Health Policy, young adults are the highest uninsured age group in Mississippi at 43 percent. HHM’s goal is to educate Mississippians on the options available to them currently under the Affordable Care Act. In the coming months, Health Help will continue to outreach to other populations of Mississippians, such as small business owners, senior adults and families with children to educate them on the health insurance exchange. “The Mississippi Insurance Department is pleased to partner with Health Help Mississippi in outreach efforts regarding a health insurance exchange to serve the citizens of our state,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. “Health Help Mississippi will fulfill an integral function by providing consumer assistance and education to those looking to purchase health insurance through Mississippi’s Exchange. “The department looks forward to working with Heath Help Mississippi and through this partnership hope to help increase access to health insurance for all Mississippians.” People may visit the office located at 1014 N. Jackson St. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call locally 662.615.606 if they have concerns or questions regarding their health care.