South Carolina is moving control of its program to help babies with development delays from the First Steps school readiness program to the state’s Medicaid agency.Gov. Nikki Haley signed an executive order Wednesday putting BabyNet under control of the Department of Health and Human Services.A news release from the governor’s office says the move will make BabyNet more efficient, since Medicaid already pays for more than half of births in the state and has a relationship with families before their children are born.BabyNet provides services for babies who are slow to talk, walk or have other developmental delays until they turn age 3.Haley says the move will become official next July.

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Haley turns BabyNet over to South Carolina Medicaid agency