Snyder hopeful for more Medicaid coverage amid Flint crisis

FLINT, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he's hopeful that the federal government will expand Medicaid coverage to people under 21 and pregnant women who have been exposed to Flint's lead-contaminated water.

Snyder's remarks came in a statement Thursday about Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell's visit to Flint that's scheduled for later in the day.

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Snyder has said about 15,000 more Flint residents would benefit if the government approves the request.

"I'm encouraged by Sec. Burwell's visit to Flint today, and hope she brings with her the news that the federal government will soon approve my request to expand Medicaid for Flint children up to age 21 and pregnant women," Snyder said. "Expanded health care and nutrition services are essential for Flint residents, and we continue to work in partnership with the federal government to find ways we can work together during this critical time in Flint's recovery."

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Burwell plans to tour a health center and meet with local leaders.

Also Thursday, the state House is expected to approve spending $30 million to help cover the water bills of Flint residents.

For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water. A lack of corrosion control in the water caused lead to leach from old plumbing.

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