Mississippi Politics

Pinkins stresses need for enhanced mental health support and Medicaid expansion

U.S. Senate candidate Ty Pinkins said Wednesday, March 27 that he recognizes the significance of prioritizing mental well-being. Pinkins, a Democrat, is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in the November 2024 general election.

As a veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, Pinkins dedicated 21 years to the U.S. Army, completing three combat tours in Iraq. During his service, he, like many others, encountered death, destruction, and witnessed unimaginable circumstances. Following his military tenure, Pinkins quickly transitioned back into civilian life and shifted his focus to assisting those requiring support.

Stories like Pinkins’ are not always typical when it comes to transitioning after military service. Many individuals find it challenging to return to their pre-service lives, facing difficulties adjusting. It’s common for veterans to experience mental health issues, such as PTSD, depression, and substance abuse, at high rates. However, these issues don’t just affect veterans; they are challenges that many Mississippians encounter daily. One primary cause is the absence of seeking treatment, while another is the lack of insurance.

Mississippi frequently ranks poorly in mental health service assessments, especially for uninsured adults.  

“It is unacceptable that many Mississippi residents are unable to access the necessary care for a healthy and fulfilling life. This drives my dedication to advocating for policies that enhance mental health services for everyone, irrespective of their insurance status,” said Pinkins.

“Expanding Medicaid is not only a wise economic decision; it is a moral obligation. By extending health insurance coverage to more Mississippi residents, we can eliminate obstacles to mental health care and offer crucial assistance to those in need. No one should endure silently due to lack of insurance coverage, and it is our responsibility to rectify this inequality.” Pinkins added.

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