CHCF Center for Health Reporting | June 27, 2012
If signed by the Governor, a bill passed by the Legislature would offer some Sacramento County low-income children a choice in dental care.
When state lawmakers learned that Sacramento County’s dental program for poor children has one of the worst records in the state, they immediately scheduled hearings and demanded reform.
But the same statistics that revealed Sacramento’s dismal record mask a larger Medi-Cal managed care program that does an even worse job – one that hasn’t received the same kind of legislative scrutiny.
CHCF Center for Health Reporting | March 23, 2012
The Legislature took its first formal step Thursday to freepoor children from the confines of mandatory managed dental care. A Senate committee unanimously approved a proposal by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, to give Sacramento County children on Medi-Cal a choice for their dental coverage.
This story originally appeared in The Sacramento Bee.
Even the experts are confused.
At two public hearings this week to discuss problems with Sacramento County’s dental care program for poor kids, not all the expert witnesses agreed on which California counties provide Medi-Cal dental services via managed care.