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In This Report, You’ll Learn
The power of work supports in helping low-wage workers.
An overview of Mississippi's work support policies.
How benefits cliffs work against working families.
How states can increase parental health care coverage.
This brief tells how Mississippi’s work support system fails to support working families. Readers will learn about gaps in the state’s parental health insurance coverage and explore policy ideas aimed at addressing these gaps while also strengthening the health and economic security of low-income families.
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The Mississippi pipe dream: an earnings increase and decent health care coverage
In Mississippi, climbing the career ladder comes at a steep cost. An income boost can leave low-wage workers ineligible for critical benefits, including health insurance support. As a result, these workers are left to choose between two rough roads: Struggling to pay for unaffordable health care coverage or forgoing it altogether.
Findings & Stats
A State in Need
More than 500,000 Mississippians went without health insurance in 2009.
A Solution for Strong Families
A separate health insurance program for parents could strengthen the healthy development and economic security of Mississippi’s families.
Uninsured and Employed
In America, 50 million people lack health insurance and nearly 80% of this population hails from a working family.
Statements & Quotations
Work supports can make a tremendous difference to a low-wage worker’s financial bottom line.
An increasing number of Americans face a large gap between their resources and their expenses, and the safety net is splintering just when workers need it the most.
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