To offer eligible children access to health care and health promotion

UnitedHealthcare will serve wellness and health promotion programs for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) administered by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid (DOM).

From January 1, approximately 67,000 children enrolled in the program will transfer to UnitedHealthcare. The company will offer all eligible children access to a health care provider network that includes 133 hospitals and over 9,600 health care professionals, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and rural health clinics.

In addition to health promotion, services under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, it will include medical and dental care, prescription medications and a 24/7 nurse line.

Joseph Blackston, medical director of UnitedHealthcare of Mississippi, said: “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. In addition, we will have disease management programs for children with conditions such as asthma and diabetes.”