Frustration and DentiCal Hearing

It’s not Jennifer Kent’s fault, but that didn’t stop the seething criticism of legislators on Tuesday at a joint legislative oversight hearing in the Capitol Building.

Kent, appointed seven weeks ago as the new director of the Department of Health Care Services that oversees the Medi-Cal program, testified at Tuesday’s oversight hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Senate and Assembly health committees.

At issue was a December 2014 state auditor’s report that showed more than half the state’s children in Denti-Cal were not getting regular dental care and that 32 of California’s 58 counties may have a dental access problem because of a dearth of providers.

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