Demands escalate to change kids’ dental plan in Sacramento

Political opposition to Sacramento County’s managed care dental program for poor children is mounting, and Thursday was a particularly busy day in the campaign for change.

State government officials promised new accountability after elected representatives, county supervisors and advocates demanded better care for the more than 110,000 Sacramento County children who receive dental coverage through Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for low-income residents.

The county operates the state’s only mandatory managed care model, and government data show it has one of the state’s worst records of care. In fiscal year 2010-2011, less than one-third of Sacramento children with Medi-Cal saw a dentist, compared with nearly half of children on Medi-Cal statewide.

Read More: CA HealthCare Foundation – Center for Health Reporting




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