EDSOURCE: Schools struggle to provide dental health safety net

EDSOURCE: Schools struggle to provide dental health safety net

Outside of a school setting, finding a dentist who accepts Denti-Cal is a significant obstacle for low-income children. California’s reimbursement rates to Denti-Cal dentists are among the lowest in the nation, according to a January 2013 report by The Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit that studies dental care in California. And according to a recent survey of 300 dentists conducted by Barbara Aved Associates, a Sacramento-based health consulting firm, low reimbursement rates are the main reason why dentists don’t sign up with Denti-Cal.

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