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Four Midwestern states have infant mortality rates “significantly higher” than the U.S. average, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says.

Flint Water Study via Facebook

Five new centers have been set up in Flint to get water filters and testing kits to city residents.

It’s another step to address the lead contamination crisis in Flint as Governor Rick Snyder faced a growing crescendo of criticism over the weekend on the state’s handling of the crisis.

Flint, Mich. Returning To Detroit Water, But Problems Persist

Oct 9, 2015
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announces his support for a return to Detroit water at a Flint news conference.
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Eighteen months after shutting off its pipeline from Detroit and tapping the Flint River, the city of Flint is going back to Detroit water. For the past year and a half, Flint residents have endured a progressively nightmarish existence every time they filled a glass from their kitchen faucet.

The state, the city and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation together are contributing $12,000,000 to shut off the tap to the Flint River.

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those who don't may have to pay more of the cost of their medical services, and in some cases may be refused services.

Supporters say it will help nudge Medicaid beneficiaries toward becoming more cost-conscious health care consumers. Patient advocates are skeptical, pointing to studies showing that such financial "skin-in-the-game" requirements discourage low-income people from getting care that they need.