FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the federal government for additional health care services for Flint children and young adults who may have been exposed to lead-tainted water.
Snyder’s office said Tuesday that the state is seeking expanded Medicaid eligibility for all residents in the impacted areas up to age 21. He also seeking additional community-based resources to ensure all children have access to comprehensive medical treatment and a federal Medicaid match for lead abatement.
The efforts would supplement state programs.
Flint was under state oversight in 2014 when it switched from Detroit water to the Flint River to save money. The river water wasn’t properly treated for corrosion, and lead began leaching from pipes into city drinking water.
Tests have shown high lead levels in some children after the switch.—–Inside woodtv.com:Complete coverage of the Flint water crisisHow you can help the people of FlintOnline: HelpforFlint.comState of Michigan on Flint’s water crisisPDF: Timeline of events in Flint