Promoting and Protecting Health

Choosing the right medical program for your child can sometimes be difficult. The following program in Mississippi provides a wide range of medical services for children with disabilities:child

The Children’s Medical Program is administered through the Mississippi State Department of Health. The program provides medical and surgical care to children with chronic or disabling conditions. For families with children who were born with a disabling condition or have developed a disability or chronic illness, the Children’s Medical Program can organize care for the child’s condition. They can arrange for different therapies such as physical and occupational as well as provide equipment and medicine for your child.

Who can qualify?

Children from birth to the age of 20 are eligible for the Children’s Medical Program. Applicants must be Mississippi residents and meet the income guidelines established by the program. Eligibility is also determined based on family size and the estimated cost of treatment.

The following are eligible conditions that are covered under the Children’s Medical Program:

Spina bifida

Cerebral palsy

Cleft palate

Seizure disorders

Cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and hemophilia (through special programs)

Hydrocephalus

Orthopedic problems (other than from accidents)

Congenital heart problems requiring surgery

Intestinal or urinary defects requiring surgery

How to apply:

To apply for the Children’s Medical Program applicants must make an appointment to apply in person at their local health department. When applying applicants must bring the following:

  • Statement with specific diagnosis, requested services, and physician referral
  • Copies of pertinent medical reports about your child's problem.
  • Complete and accurate financial information.
  • Names, relations and ages of all household members.
  • Private insurance or Medicaid card, if applicable.
  • Signature of parent or legal guardian.

To provide specialized care throughout local communities, the Children’s Medical Program currently operates several satellite clinics throughout the state of Mississippi in addition to the central multi-discipline clinic in Jackson at Blake Clinic for Children.

To learn more about the program or to find your local health department office, call 1-800-844-0898 or (601) 987-3965.


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