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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.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month in the United States. This is an opportunity to celebrate immunization as one of the greatest public health achievements and also increase awareness about diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. 

Center for Oral Health joins this effort with a new Issue Brief that outlines the potential cost-benefit relation of HPV immunization for the prevention of Oropharyngeal Cancers (OPCs) in the United States.

Center for Oral Health's new issue brief: "Prenatal Oral Health Care" focuses on the importance of good oral health and hygiene for pregnant women and the vital roles that prenatal and dental care providers play during this time.

This issue brief is a joint effort of the Center for Oral Health and Western University of Health Sciences. This publication is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation and Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. This work is part of the Center's portfolio of research focusing on opportunities for a better understanding of dental care delivery systems and improving oral health outcomes.

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