Study says medical providers may not be screening Bronx kids for lead poisoning

A new study shows that some health care providers may not be screening Bronx children for lead poisoning.

To protect kids, New York State made it mandatory that all children get screened by their providers. Attorney General Elliot Spitzer says numbers show that certain Medicare and Child Health Plus providers are screening less frequently that the state average. He says his office is looking into whether providers are breaking the state law.

According to officials, early detection of lead poisoning can help to prevent severe health problems. Spitzer says low income, urban neighborhoods in the Bronx and New York City are the hardest hit when it comes to child lead poisoning.

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