When Work Supports Don’t Support Work

A Case for Parental Health Coverage in Mississippi

By the National Center for Children in Poverty

May 1, 2011

Summary

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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Key Takeaway

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.  

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