I live in Oklahoma, a state that ranks near the bottom in many leading health indicators.

mississippi-welcomeThe joke around here that’s often heard is “Thank God for Mississippi,” which is dead last.

Politico Magazine featured a recent photo essay about Mississippi, which is compelling and sad.

Twenty-two percent of Mississippians live in poverty. Despite that, it’s a state that did not expand its Medicaid pool (i.e. declined the federal dollars under Obamacare) so that an opportunity to provide health coverage to more than a hundred thousand people has yet to be realized. After last year’s first-ever Obamacare enrollment, only one state saw its number of uninsured increase: Mississippi.

Click here to take yourself through the photos and educate yourself about a place that odds say you’ve never visited.