Michigan requests additional medical services for Flint

The state of Michigan is requesting additional medical services for all Flint residents under the age of 21.

Governor Rick Snyder announced the request on Tuesday, which would allow all Flint residents under 21 to receive additional healthcare to address potential problems brought on by exposure to lead.

The request will include:
• Expanded Medicaid eligibility for all residents in the impacted areas up to age 21, regardless of income level. The request would also include the expansion of Medicaid coverage for people already enrolled in other forms of insurance to ensure comprehensive benefits are available to children who may have come into contact with lead in the water.
• Additional, community-based resources to ensure all children, regardless of health insurance coverage, have access to comprehensive medical treatment. This will include physical and behavioral health treatment in addition to long-term health care services.
• Federal Medicaid match for lead abatement activities in impacted areas. Because of the number of children enrolled in Medicaid in the impacted area, lead-abatement programs would help minimize and/or prevent any long term adverse health problems associated with lead exposure.

The request has not yet been submitted to to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services but it will be soon.

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