NEW YORK - JULY 25: Children that have high levels of lead in their blood walk past a peeling lead paint wall July 25, 2003 in their apartment in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A new study released October 22, 2003 by the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation has concluded that 1 in 4 children in some parts of New York are at risk for lead poisoning. Children ingest lead paint and lead paint dust, resulting in lead poisoning, which causes irreversible brain and central nervous system damage. While lead paint was banned in housing construction in New York in 1960, buildings built before 1960 still have high amounts of lead which landlords, especially in impoverished neighborhoods, are reluctant to remove. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio's Department of Medicaid has received federal approval for its plan to enhance and expand Medicaid's lead abatement program.
DeWine said in a release Tuesday that the Children's Health Insurance Program initiative was recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He says that means Medicaid dollars can be used in "more meaningful ways" to abate lead in homes.
The Republican governor says Medicaid will have greater flexibility to fund Ohio Department of Health lead hazard control projects in the homes of Medicaid-eligible children or pregnant women. It also will have more flexibility to remove lead hazards in residential properties within targeted areas of Ohio.
Ohio's recently enacted budget for state fiscal year 2020-2021 allocates $5 million in each year to fund the effort.
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