But according to The Children’s Partnership (TCP), a child advocacy organization based in Santa Monica and Washington, DC, California doesn’t have nearly enough dentists accepting Medi-Cal to cover these additional children.
TCP released a report this week on the crisis faced by many families whose children depend on Medi-Cal for their dental care. Jenny Kattlove, the author of the issue brief, is TCP’s Director of Strategic Health Initiatives.
“The state has said that they feel there are enough dental providers, except for a few small counties … But, the program is not up to par. It can’t currently meet the needs of its enrollees, let alone those of a million new children,” Kattlove says.