Sherrod Brown urges Medicaid to fix system that leaves millions of kids untested for lead poisoning

The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for new measures to bolster chronically low lead poisoning testing rates in Ohio and nationwide.

In a letter to the head of the federal agency that provides health insurance to the needy, Brown and Democratic senators from two other states today asked to increase screening levels and improve the response when tests show a child has been poisoned.

Hundreds of thousands of children under the age of six are poisoned by lead each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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