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Lead Testing for All 1 to 2 Year Old MD Children

Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md)
Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing a new lead testing plan that calls for all Maryland children to be tested at ages 1 and 2.

The Republican governor announced the plan Monday at the start of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Previously, only children living in areas of the state considered to be at risk or who were enrolled in Medicaid had to be tested.

Maryland environmental secretary Ben Grumbles says in the early days of the state's lead program, the majority of children with lead poisoning came from Baltimore rental homes built before 1950. Now, he says the state is seeing a larger proportion of cases linked to newer rental homes and owner-occupied homes in other parts of Maryland.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.