The federal government has approved Michigan’s request to expand Medicaid eligibility in Flint.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says pregnant women and people under 21 in Flint are now eligible for the expanded coverage.
The Snyder administration asked the federal government for the expanded Medicaid coverage, as part of its response to the Flint water crisis. There are concerns about the health effects of exposure to Flint’s lead-tainted drinking water.
The expansion will affect an estimated 15,000 Flint residents.