California Faulted for Poor Access to Children’s Dental Care

More than half of the 5.1 million children enrolled in California’s health care program for low-income residents did not receive dental care last year, and some counties may lack the providers to meet patients’ dental needs, according to a Bureau of State Audits review released Thursday.

Five counties with at least 2,000 children in the program, including Amador County, may not have had any active dental providers, and none of the providers was willing to accept new Medi-Cal patients in 11 counties in 2013, the audit found. What’s more, the number of dentists accepting new patients appeared “insufficient” in 16 counties. Read more.

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