Ohio governor announces infant mortality plan


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich has announced a plan to reduce the state’s infant-mortality
rate, calling Ohio’s statistics unacceptable.

Kasich’s program is meant to address data showing that more than 1,000 infants died in 2012 in Ohio
before reaching the age of 1.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1vVFDoE) that Kasich announced his initiative Thursday at
the 2014 Ohio Infant Mortality Summit.

Kasich said the Ohio Medicaid program will provide immediate high-risk care management and services to
pregnant women and babies in nine communities with high infant-mortality rates.

Kasich says the state will also spend $900,000 to fund two rural and two urban "pregnancy
projects" to provide services to expectant mothers and a place to meet to support one another.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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