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Increasing Access to Care for Denti-Cal Recipients: A New Look at Old Barriers


The Center for Oral Health (COH) releases a new issue brief in preparation for the upcoming meeting of The Little Hoover Commission on “Fixing Denti-Cal”. COH has compiled a comprehensive analysis of key financial aspects of Denti-Cal. This issue brief summarizes data from several sources, including the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute, the Dental Board of California, and the Department of Healthcare Services and provides an analysis to inform policy decisions. This document explores how to best address a key recommendation of the LHC Report: “setting a target of 66% utilization rate for Denti-Cal beneficiaries”. It calls for reforms in how Medi-Cal allocates financial resources to its neglected dental program. It also brings attention to Denti-Cal funding compared to other programs; and to how, despite the latest investments, unless structural changes are made, we may only see minor improvements in access to oral health care.


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The Center for Oral Health is releasing an issue brief that looks at the Denti-Cal challenges from a different angle. The brief highlights some of the financial aspects of the dental health care market in California to better understand the roles and responsibilities of California’s Legislators to address the dysfunctions of the system.

Read more: Issue Brief: Denti-Cal and the Wisdom Tooth(less): A Deeper Drill at a Complex Problem

Pomona, CA- The United States Senate unanimously approved reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), and with the insertion oral health. This amendment will open the door for state and area agencies on aging to use funds to improve the oral health of older adults throughout the United States. Under this bill, oral health screenings and related disease prevention and health promotion activities could be paid for with these funds. 

Read more: U.S. Senate has amended the Older Americans Act to include Oral Health as a critical service for...