Mississippi Center for Justice

The mission of the Mississippi Center for Justice is to advance racial and economic justice. The Center carries out its mission through a community lawyering approach that combines legal services with policy advocacy, community education and media advocacy. The Center's campaigns are creating better futures for low-wealth Mississippians and communities of color in the areas of educational opportunity, financial security, access to healthcare and child care, affordable housing and community development. The Center is working toward advancing access to health care through a community approach that combines legal services with policy advocacy, community education, and media advocacy. See below for more information about the Mississippi Center for Justice’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • Mississippi KidsWell Partners Launch New Coalition to End Care Gap

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    MS: KidsWell partners, Mississippi Center for Justice and Children’s Defense Fund – Southern Regional Office, joined eight other local organizations to launch the MS Left Me Out initiative. The initiative, modeled after a similar one in Texas, aims to draw attention to those who fell into a care gap after Mississippi failed to expand its Medicaid program.

  • MCFJ Pens Feature for Huffington Post in Response to Annual KIDS COUNT Survey

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    MS: Reilly Morse, president and CEO for the Mississippi Center for Justice, wrote an article in the Huffington Post in response to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT survey ranking Mississippi last in the nation for child well-being in. The article discusses Mississippi’s failure to address key policy issues affecting children.

  • That’s a Rap! MCJ Published a Music Video on Young Adults and the ACA

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    MS: The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), in collaboration with Students Involved in Community Change, published “ACA Achieve,” a music video featuring young adults who live in Shelby, a small town in the Mississippi Delta. The video highlights their community’s struggles and how the young adults and their families will benefit from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continued access to health coverage. The video has already received over 2,800 hits on YouTube!
  • MCJ Works to Spread the Word on ACA Trainings and Educational Tools!

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    MS: Linda Rigsby, Health Law Director for the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), published an article in the Clarion Ledger discussing the benefits of expanding Medicaid in the state.  In addition, MCJ hosted an educational training session for over 60 individuals at the Sunflower County Courthouse on the ACA and Medicaid expansion. The session also made the front page of the Enterprise-Tocsin.
  • MCFJ was Quoted in an Article Applauding the SCOTUS Ruling on the ACA

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    MS: Linda Dixon Rigsby, Health Law Director at the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCFJ), was quoted in a Clarion Ledger article  stating that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling was good news for the state’s families and children and noted that insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.
  • MCFJ Released an Informational Brief on Health Care Reform and the ACA

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    The Mississippi Center For Justice (MCFJ) released an issue brief on the importance of consumer protections in the ACA and common sense steps that may be taken to improve access to care for Mississippi children and families. Key recommendations targeted to Mississippi's decision makers include: (1) designing a simple and consumer-friendly path to health care coverage (e.g., online, in person, telephone and paper enrollment options); (2) developing a robust outreach and education program that targets low-income and minority communities; (3) creating incentives for health plans to participate in Medicaid and the Exchange to ensure that benefits are aligned and continuity of coverage is protected for consumers; (4) eliminating the face-to-face interview requirement for Medicaid enrollment; (5) monitoring private insurers to ensure they eliminate discriminatory practices (e.g., refusing coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions); and (6) ensuring a transparent process through a robust stakeholder process.
  • CCF and Mississippi Center for Justice Issued Comments on HHS’ 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) drafted model comments for state and national advocates to work from as they respond to HHS’ December 2011 EHB bulletin. The comments stress the importance of: (1) ensuring children’s needs are taken into account; (2) defining medical necessity to assure children can access EHBs meaningfully and consistently; (3) limiting insurer flexibility; and (4) assuring a transparent process of benchmark selection and updating. The Mississippi Center for Justice based their comments on CCF’s model.

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