The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and the state Division of Medicaid signed an agreement today allowing MSDH to continue providing Perinatal High Risk Management services to pregnant Medicaid patients and their infants across the state.
The new agreement will go into effect June 1, 2013, and it will end June 30, 2014.
The agreement also allows MSDH to discontinue the execution of a plan approved by the State Personnel Board in April that would have reduced the workforce of the MSDH Perinatal High Risk Management program.
MSDH's Perinatal High Risk Management program provides enhanced services to Medicaid-eligible pregnant and postpartum women and infants with high-risk pregnancies. Services include case management, psychosocial and nutritional counseling, home visits, and health education. Last fiscal year, the program served more than 6,200 high-risk women and infants.
"I am thrilled that we will once again be providing home visits and educational services to our state's high-risk women and infants," said Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. "We are also very grateful that we no longer will have to consider a reduction in workforce for our staff whose services will once again be needed to carry out this important program."
For more information on MSDH's Perinatal High Risk Management program, visit www.HealthyMS.com or call 1-800-721-7222 or 601-576-7856.
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