Finding Kids a Dentist May Prove Difficult in California

Published On : 7/23/2013 8:40 AM
By : Katie Orr
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State

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Hundreds of thousands of children in California are expected to enroll in Medi-Cal as federal health care reform is implemented. But a new study out today (Monday) finds the state must do a better job of connecting those kids to dental services. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.

More than five million kids are expected to be enrolled in Medi-Cal by the end of the year. But a new study shows those California kids could have a hard time finding dentists. The Children’s Partnership finds the website the state uses to connect Medi-cal kids with dentists is often inaccurate and out of date. For instance, the non-profit group found several of the dentists listed did not actually treat children. 

The Children’s Partnership’s Jenny Kattlove says inadequate dental care is a big problem for kids.

“The lack of dental care is the number one unmet chronic healthcare need for children in California and across the nation.”

Kattlove acknowledges the study was small. It included just 145 dental practices. But she says it provides data other researchers can build on.

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