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CDA ‘disappointed’ in governor’s budget

January 12, 2015

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Dental Association said it is “disappointed” that the 2015-16 budget proposal released Jan. 9 by Gov. Jerry Brown fails to address the statewide crisis in access to dental care.

Dr. Weber

“We are disappointed that today’s budget proposal does not make any attempt to address the access crisis that has resulted from Denti-Cal’s failures,” CDA President Dr. Walt Weber said in a statement posted at Denti-Cal is the state’s dental Medicaid program. “The findings of the state audit make it very clear that the Denti-Cal program needs substantial improvements in order to provide timely access to care for patients. This includes insuring an adequate provider network and requires reasonable reimbursement rates. We urge the administration and the legislature to act this year to develop a comprehensive fix.”

The proposal does not address any of the critical issues highlighted by a recent state audit, which found that the Denti-Cal program is failing to provide adequate access to timely care for millions of low-income children and uphold its obligation to ensure an adequate network of dental providers, the CDA said. The audit, California Department of Health Care Services: Weaknesses in its Medi-Cal Dental Program Limit Children’s Access to Dental Care, points to low reimbursement rates as a primary reason for the substantial lack of providers able to participate in the program.