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Program reminds Flint residents of expanded healthcare during water crisis

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A program to help residents impacted by the water crisis in Flint is raising awareness about expanded healthcare coverage.

"I'm hoping that people will take advantage of these services because that's why they're here. This is what we've asked for. So I really want people to sign up and see what's going on in the community,” Mayor Karen Weaver said.

The Care for Flint campaign is designed to inform people in Flint of all the assistance available to them as they deal with the water crisis.

“It's what we deserve as a result of what's happened. And people have talked about when are we going to be getting the services and the services are here,” Mayor Weaver said.

New health, nutrition and support programs are available to people of all ages in the Vehicle City. 

At a press conference on Monday, July 18 federal, state and local officials implored the public to reach out and get the help they need.

People we talked to think the week-long awareness campaign is important.

"It's a good idea. It's needed. The situation with the water, I'm glad they're taking steps to address the problem,” said one resident.

Meanwhile federal officials said they will continue to look for ways to help the people of Flint.

"A lot of us are here. A lot so we can hear and listen to the mayor, to the community leaders, to citizens about what else they need. And we are here to keep listening and trying to do our best to make sure they get the services they need,” said Kathleen Falk with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Falk vowed to keep close tabs on the needs of residents until the water crisis is over. While Weaver said the crisis continues, she believes Flint is moving in the right direction.

“I do see light that's for sure. One of the things is we have the RFP’s that have gone out. We're getting ready to start moving the lead service lines. So that's a good thing. We've always talked about things haven't happened as quickly as we'd like but they're happening and today's event is evidence that they're happening,” Weaver said.

If you would like more information on the Care for Flint campaign, click here

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