August 30, 2013 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 |
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.
July 13, 2011 |
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.
August 17, 2009 |
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."
July 5, 2013 |
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.