FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage to people under 21 and pregnant women who have been exposed to Flint's lead-contaminated water.

In a statement released Sunday, Snyder said about 15,000 more Flint residents would benefit if the government approves the request. The governor said the state would help by lining up doctors and behavioral health specialists and providing other services.

For 18 months, Flint used the Flint River for drinking water. A lack of corrosion control caused lead to leach from old plumbing throughout the city.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy plans to visit Flint today, where he will take questions from the public.

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