KPCC: For poor kids, fewer dentists, but a pilot program offers hope

KPCC: For poor kids, fewer dentists, but a pilot program offers hope

The Affordable Care Act has in theory made it easier for poor children in California to get their teeth cleaned or have a cavity filled. But getting into a dentist’s chair appears to be harder than ever, as fewer dentists accept patients on Denti-Cal, the dental insurance program for children in families on Medi-Cal. 

At the same time, a pilot program expanding which procedures dental hygienists can perform may contain at least a partial solution to the problem. 

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