Cavity Kids

Bill passed could offer dental choice to poor Sacramento kids

Some low-income children in Sacramento County who have tried but failed to get dental care would have an escape route under a bill awaiting action by the governor. Currently, dental managed care is mandatory for the roughly 100,000 Sacramento County...

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How – and why – do some parents choose dental managed care for their kids? Confusion reigns.

Fact: Dental managed care for poor kids in Los Angeles County has a disappointing record: Fewer than one in four LA County children on Medi-Cal managed care saw a dentist last year.

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LA-area legislators criticize county’s dental program for poor children

Southern California legislators are vowing to press for changes in Los Angeles County’s dental program for poor children, saying it’s unacceptable that fewer than one in four kids on managed care saw a dentist last year. “Obviously, I’m concerned,”...

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Dental care plan audited by California ceases operations

Community Dental Services, a managed care dental plan with about 16,000 Medi-Cal members in Sacramento and Los Angeles Counties, will cease operations and transfer its enrollees to Liberty Dental Plan on June 1, state officials announced Friday....

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U.S. delivers too many preemies. California does too

If California were a country, it would tie with Fiji for the percentage of babies born too early. In 2010, nearly 10 babies out of every 100 were born before 37 weeks of gestation.

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Impact of 'cavity kids'

Reaction to the center's story about problems with geographic dental managed care in Sacramento County was swift and far-reaching. The day after the initial article ran in The Sacramento Bee, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg penned...

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KQED: Response to outcry over kids' dental program

Since February, reports from the CHCF Center for Health Reporting and The Sacramento Bee have painted a grim picture of low-income children waiting for months or even years to see a dentist in Sacramento. And now some state lawmakers are calling for...

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Senate panel backs change in kids' dental coverage

The Legislature took its first formal step Thursday to free Sacramento County's poor children from the confines of mandatory managed dental care. A Senate committee unanimously approved a proposal by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-...

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Questions and answers about early elective childbirth

We’ve reported extensively on how hospitals across the state and country are reducing early elective deliveries of babies.

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Who's on first? In children's dental care, few know

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...


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