UnitedHealthcare prepares for CHIP

by Wally Northway

Published: December 18,2009

Tags: health insurance, healthcare, insurance

JACKSON — UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi will emphasize wellness and health promotion programs as it assumes responsibility Jan. 1 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administered by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM).

Approximately 67,000 children currently enrolled in the program will transfer to UnitedHealthcare Jan. 1. Enrollment is through DOM, which determines eligibility for the program based on annual family income and age.

UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi will offer all eligible children access to a healthcare provider network that includes 133 hospitals and more than 9,600 healthcare professionals, including federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. In addition to health promotion, services under the CHIP program will include medical and dental care, prescription medications and a 24/7 nurse line.

“We are reaching out to members, physicians and health care professionals, and community-based organizations to promote well-child checks, vaccinations and dental and vision screening,” said Joseph Blackston, M.D., medical director of UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi. “In addition, we will have disease management programs for children with conditions such as asthma and diabetes.”

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4 Responses to “UnitedHealthcare prepares for CHIP”

  1. Kacey Says:

    This is bogus. No wonder our economy sucks!!! I have united healthcare… now i’m going to have to pay extra to support a “government” provided program. The government can’t ever give to someone what they have not first taken from somebody else.

  2. Jonathan Says:

    Used the new insurance today for our kids. We had to change pharmacies because the pharmacy we have been using for 10 years does not accept United Healthcare. Then when we went to another pharmacy they told us that the insurance would not pay for the mecicine that the doctor perscribed. They recommended we call and have him change the perscription. That BULL!!!!!!! If the doctor thought he needed to perscribe a different medication he would have done it in the 1st place. What gives some idiot who has no medical degree the right to say my child can’t have a medicine that he needs!!!!!!!!!!!! I GUESS THIS IS WHAT WE CAN ALL LOOK FORWARD TOO ONCE THE ALLEGED PRESIDENT TAKES OVER OUR HEALTHCARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. je Says:

    Im listening to every comment no matter how harsh on the healthcare issue. I guess those who have the priviledge to protest the loudest are neither sick, terminally ill or poor. My suggestion would be not to utilize insurance systems at all, but use your private funds to pay for whatever medical care you recieve. I am someone who has to here in Mississippi. At present, I am a working, taxpayer who has no employer provided insurance and I do not qualify for Medicaid for which, I presume, the previous commentors totally foot the bill. Insurance systems should not be made available to anyone, anywhere on the planet, for any reason to be fair to all. It would certainly a catalyst for better personal healthcare and lifestyles choices.

  4. Angel Westbrook Says:

    Can you email me the addendum to the Chips program that I need to complete for the MS Can program? We were told at the meeting in Tupelo that we could complete the addendum to correct the denials from UHC.

    I also need a contact name and number with UHC MS Can program problems. We are getting denials and UHC is not paying the RHC rates for the first 90 days as told to us in the meeting in Tupelo. No one had business cards and ran out of packages. This meeting left our organization with more questions than answers. I need for someone to contact me regarding details on this plan. Until then, we are not seeing UHC patients on the MS Can program.

    Thank you,
    Angel Westbrook
    Clinic Coordinator
    Pioneer Health Services

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