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Governor signs bill granting poor children more flexibility in dental care

Under a budget bill signed last week by the governor, some low-income Sacramento children who have tried unsuccessfully to get dental treatment will be able to leave managed care for a program that offers more flexibility. Under the new provisions,...

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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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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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