Bringing Smiles to Developmentally Disabled Children

Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that includes about $300 million in funding to provide health care services for the developmentally disabled. The state must now decide where exactly to spend this money — and officials should ensure that some of it goes to providing much-needed dental care for developmentally disabled children. The bill in question, a collection of tax incentives, was originally put together to “avoid the impending loss of $1 billion in federal funding” for a rapidly growing Medi-Cal caseload, according to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego. While this action did, indeed, help all Californians by allocating $1.3 billion dollars for health care, the state must now decide where to allocate this money. Read more.