Cavity Kids

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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Managed care leaves many LA kids desperate for 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...

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Free dental clinic draws hundreds to Modesto

Crystal Goakey didn’t smile too big when she told me she’s 37 weeks pregnant. She was too self-conscious.

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Oversight needed to improve Sacramento's dental plan

Recent media coverage of Sacramento County's failed dental program for poor children has sparked intense outcry, with elected officials and children's advocates leveling some of their harshest criticism at dental plans. Executives for one of those...

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Does California need a state dental director?

In our ongoing coverage of Sacramento County’s dental plan for poor kids, we’ve reported on proposals to fix its performance, including a measure in the Legislature that would fundamentally change the way the Medi-Cal program works there.

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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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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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