LANSING — Governor Rick Snyder is seeking expansion of Medicaid services for residents of Flint.
Snyder announced the submission of a waiver request on Sunday to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The request seeks to expand Medicaid for those up to age 21 and pregnant women who have been served by Flint’s water system. If approved, the waiver would expand Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program services to around 15,000 more residents of the city.
In his letter to the CMS, Snyder said the State would dedicate case managers to help individuals with coordination of primary care physicians and behavioral health providers, Medicare health plans, and others to ensure access to all necessary services. He also said case managers would be dedicated to proved nutrition support and improve access to educational and social services.
Those eligible for coverage would include anyone up to age 21, along with pregnant women and their future children, who are being served or who were served by Flint’s water system between April 2014 and a future date when the system is deemed safe.