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May 23, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Democrats and special interests have a long wish list of government programs they want to spend more on now that California's budget crisis has faded. They hope to use the latest report from the nonpartisan legislative analyst, who forecast more tax revenue than Gov. Jerry Brown has predicted, as ammunition to support their spending increases. In his Thursday column, George Skelton plots out how he would use the money if he were handed the purse strings.  "The politicians should break out the checkbook for at least one new expenditure: restoring adult dental care for poor people," he writes.
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April 22, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Among the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, few are as controversial as the one requiring health insurance providers to include coverage for contraception. A new survey finds that support for this rule is widespread, with 69% of Americans in favor of the mandate. Among 2,124 adults surveyed in November 2013, 1,452 agreed that “health plans in the United States should be required to include coverage” for “birth control medications,” according to a research letter published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1993
As members of the California State Board of Dental Examiners (the chief regulatory agency of dentistry for the state), we thank you for your public service by printing "Big Dental Plan Cheats the Poor" (June 26) and for alerting the public to potential problems when receiving dental care. We agree with your article which decries the shady practices of some dental clinics. The State Board of Dental Examiners is very concerned about practices at dental managed care clinics. We have been working to improve consumer protection in the dental clinics of our state.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By James Bartlett
As you contemplate your blessings at Thanksgiving, here's one for which you can thank an Englishman: the toothbrush. That's just one of the things you'll learn at a small dental museum hidden in the upper-crust medical area of London. It's offbeat to be sure, but one you can, well, sink your teeth into. The British Dental Museum 's 20,000 items tell much of the history of the discipline, including the fact that William Addis, confined in Newgate jail after participating in a riot, was key to helping people embrace the brush.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- California children face a more difficult time finding dental coverage after the state changed their healthcare plan, according to a new report. The report, released by a Santa Monica-based advocacy organization Children's Partnership, examined dental coverage for children from low-income families who have been moved out of the Healthy Families program and into Medi-Cal. A number of dentist offices said they were not accepting new Medi-Cal patients or were not part of the program despite being listed on a government website, the report said.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
When Patricia Torres learned she needed a root canal, she wasn't concerned. After all, she had dental insurance. Then the bill arrived. "I was completely shocked and surprised because the bill came in for $750," says the 38-year-old stay-at-home mother from Woodland Hills. Her insurance covered only 50% of the price. Torres' surprise at the size of her bill didn't surprise Jeff Album, vice president of public and government affairs with Delta Dental of California, which sells dental benefits.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News
Millions of people each year are skipping out on their annual trip to the dentist. And it's not because they're afraid of the drill. Many people just can't find a dentist or can't pay for a visit: 33.3 million Americans live in a region with a shortage of dental professionals; kids, seniors and minorities are particularly vulnerable. And because dental care usually isn't provided as part of a standard health insurance package, even under Medicare, many Americans simply can't afford it. In 2008, 4.6 million kids skipped their dental checkups because their families couldn't pay, and in 2006, only 38 percent of retirees had dental coverage.
HEALTH
August 17, 2009 | Francesca Lunzer Kritz
Times are tough enough for Californians; they're even tougher for Californians' teeth. "One-quarter of all adults and 28% of children in California have untreated dental caries [cavities]," says Len Finocchio, a senior program officer at the California Healthcare Foundation, a health advocacy group. "Our research tells us that many people in California have been avoiding routine care that might have cost about $100 for a checkup and cleaning, and then find themselves in the emergency room, where they get only an antibiotic, a bill that can average over $600 and instructions to see a dentist."
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Backed by children's health advocates, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is challenging the state's health insurance exchange over the way it wants to provide children's dental benefits. At issue is whether pediatric dental care should be part of the basic health insurance package sold through the exchange or sold separately. The exchange has proposed selling it on a stand-alone basis to parents. Jones says the exchange, called Covered California, is running afoul of federal and state laws and increasing costs for consumers by going that route.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1991
Congratulations on the timely article of March 19, describing the overwhelming dental problems of the less fortunate members of our community. With limited public funds and resources available to help those in need of dental care, a growing number of dental professionals are volunteering their time and skills to fill the needs of a diverse population who otherwise would lack any dental treatment. The Los Angeles Free Clinic, located at 8405 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, is expanding its Dental Department to provide daytime services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
An army of doctors, nurses, dentists and other health workers on Thursday began providing free care to a steady stream of patients at the annual Care Harbor clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Care Harbor founder Don Manelli estimated that 700 to 800 people would receive free care by the end of the day Thursday. In all, the clinic expects to serve about 4,000 Angelenos--many of whom don't have insurance, or don't have coverage for services like dentistry or vision care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
While politicians continue to debate Obamacare, a large crowd of uninsured and underinsured people lined up outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday morning, hoping to get free health and dental care at this year's annual Care Harbor clinic. Some camped out overnight. Others trickled in during the wee hours. By 8 a.m., organizers estimated, a couple thousand people were waiting calmly in a line that snaked around the Los Angeles Sports Arena, doubling back on itself. At the head of the line, they received wristbands marked with the day of the week they could return for care -- Thursday through Sunday.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Lisa Zamosky
When Patricia Torres learned she needed a root canal, she wasn't concerned. After all, she had dental insurance. Then the bill arrived. "I was completely shocked and surprised because the bill came in for $750," says the 38-year-old stay-at-home mother from Woodland Hills. Her insurance covered only 50% of the price. Torres' surprise at the size of her bill didn't surprise Jeff Album, vice president of public and government affairs with Delta Dental of California, which sells dental benefits.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Amid criticism from the state insurance commissioner and some children's advocates, California's health insurance exchange is moving ahead with a controversial approach to children's dental coverage for next year while vowing to pursue changes for 2015. At issue has been whether pediatric dental care should be part of the basic health insurance package sold through the exchange or be sold separately. The exchange, called Covered California, will be offering it on a stand-alone basis to parents next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
They're baaack . The state Assembly returns from its summer recess Monday with a full agenda of business to accomplish before it breaks for the year Sept. 13. The Assembly has yet to act on a package of a dozen gun control bills approved by the state Senate in response to the mass killing last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Another contentious measure pending action in the Assembly would regulate the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the production of oil and gas in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Sen. Ronald Calderon (D-Montebello) reported raising $62,650 for a 2014 campaign committee for state controller and $30,147 for a 2014 campaign committee for the Assembly. Calderon has been in the spotlight for lavish spending from his campaign accounts ever since the FBI raided his Capitol office June 4 as part of a corruption investigation. In reports filed Wednesday, Calderon said he used $6,700 in campaign funds to pay for a “cultural exchange trip” to Cuba in the spring, including $2,650 in airfare paid to Virgin America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- California children face a more difficult time finding dental coverage after the state changed their healthcare plan, according to a new report. The report, released by a Santa Monica-based advocacy organization Children's Partnership, examined dental coverage for children from low-income families who have been moved out of the Healthy Families program and into Medi-Cal. A number of dentist offices said they were not accepting new Medi-Cal patients or were not part of the program despite being listed on a government website, the report said.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Backed by children's health advocates, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is challenging the state's health insurance exchange over the way it wants to provide children's dental benefits. At issue is whether pediatric dental care should be part of the basic health insurance package sold through the exchange or sold separately. The exchange has proposed selling it on a stand-alone basis to parents. Jones says the exchange, called Covered California, is running afoul of federal and state laws and increasing costs for consumers by going that route.
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