Congressman Conyers Applauds Medicaid Expansion for Flint Residents
WASHINGTON - The Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday that it will expand Medicaid eligibility to Flint residents affected by lead exposure. The decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paves the way for approximately 15,000 additional children and pregnant women to become eligible for Medicaid, as well as an expansion of benefits for 30,000 current beneficiaries in the Flint area.
Congressman John Conyers, Jr., who was speaking with families affect by the lead crisis earlier today in Flint, applauded the decision. “Ensuring Flint residents affected by the crisis have access to quality medical care is a critical first step in addressing the harm that has been done to this community,” he said. “We can never undo the damage here in Flint, but we must do all we can to care for the victims of this environmental and public health catastrophe, and ensure that it never happens again.”
The expansion of benefits will allow pregnant women and children up to age 21 with incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level (currently $11,770 for a household of one, $20,090 for a household of three), and who were served by the Flint water system after April 2014 to be eligible for full state plan benefits. Individual benefits, which are not subject to cost sharing or premiums, will include lead-blood level monitoring and behavioral health services in addition to needed medical services.
More information on the Department of Health and Human Service’s announcement can be found here.