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Foregone medical treatment puts Ohio children at risk

The administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urged Ohio health officials and the state’s six children’s hospitals to help children catch up on overdue health care services and immunizations (Candisky, Columbus Dispatch 10/14). Because of the coronavirus, many doctors’ offices put non-life threatening services on hold between March and May. Data from Medicaid, which covers 1.2 million Ohio children, show that there were 101,786 fewer child screening services, 70,663 fewer vaccinations for children younger than 2 and 208,934 fewer dental visits during that period when compared with the same period in 2019. Read the Dispatch article.

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