Feds still reviewing Michigan's request for Medicaid waiver for Flint

Feb 18, 2016

The federal government appears close to approving at least part of Gov. Snyder’s request for a Medicaid expansion for Flint residents.

U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell talks to reporters in Flint
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Snyder submitted a lengthy request to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of Flint residents under 21 and pregnant women.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell met with local health officials in Flint to discuss the crisis.

She says no decision has been made on the governor’s Medicaid expansion request.

“We are very hopeful I think that we are going to be able to do some coverage expansions for pregnant women,” Burwell.

Governor Snyder spoke with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the request today.

“The secretary said we have worked well with waivers in the past,” says Snyder, “I hope we get answer relatively soon and I believe we will. So it was a very positive discussion.”

Burwell announced $500,000 will be given to two Flint health clinics.