In Mississippi, 137,800 earn too much for Medicaid but too little for aid to reduce insurance cost

A new study shows 137,800 low-income Mississippians fall into a health insurance “coverage gap.”

They’re currently uninsured. They earn too much to enroll in Medicaid but too little to qualify for government subsidies that would reduce their cost of buying private health insurance.

The number represents 37 percent of uninsured Mississippi adults who are younger than 65. Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation and it has the highest percentage of residents in the coverage gap.

“Most of these people have very limited coverage options and are likely to remain uninsured,” said the study released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan group that has been examining the effect of the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010.