(LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand Medicaid coverage to pregnant women and people under 21 who have been affected by the ongoing water crisis in Flint.
“Children, teens and young adults exposed to lead need more coverage to get testing and the treatment they need,” Snyder said in his request to CMS Sunday. “Expanding these services and lead abatement efforts will mitigate the risks of lead exposure and result in better identifying any long-term health challenges, including behavioral issues.”
If the expansion is approved, the governor says about 15,000 more Flint residents would be covered.
Snyder says the coverage will be available to those under 21 or pregnant, of any income level, who “are being served, or who were served, by Flint’s water system between April 2014 and a future date when the water system is deemed safe.”
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