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November 4, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Dr. F. Gene Dixon, a dentist who helped make dental insurance accessible to millions of Americans with the founding of the company now known as Delta Dental of California, has died. He was 84. Dixon fell on the driveway outside his house in San Mateo, Calif., causing a head injury, said his wife, Rosemary Dixon. He died at a hospital the next day, Oct. 26. Though dental insurance is now a popular employee benefit, Dixon began his work at a time when most had not even heard of it.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Organizers of a high-profile annual free clinic in Los Angeles that attracts thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients have hoped that improvements in the nation's healthcare system would greatly reduce demand for their services. The massive Care Harbor event returns to town this week, amid the rollout of new and shifting insurance options for millions of Californians under the Obama administration's overhaul of the healthcare system. Once again, thousands showed up Monday at the Sports Arena to secure appointments for everything from mammograms to teeth cleaning - but with new expectations for the future.
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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
October 1, 2013 | By Alicia Banks and Ronald D. White
Annette Diaz, 26, waited quietly Tuesday morning at the health benefits resource center on the grounds of  St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. Diaz wanted help from her benefits counselor, Maria Zavala, with  receiving food stamps through the CalFresh program, but she also wanted to know everything about signing up for  Obamacare. It was the first day Diaz could look into medical insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment kicked off nationwide Tuesday, allowing Americans who don't receive coverage through an employer to shop for insurance in state-based healthcare marketplaces.
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
April 5, 1987
The Pentagon said it will provide dental insurance coverage to an estimated 2.5 million dependents of active-duty members of the armed services under a $121-million contract. The contract with the Delta Dental Plan of San Francisco, however, is limited to dependents of personnel stationed in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1990 | CAROLYN KUSKY
A Camarillo dental insurance company that donated money to provide care for the needy and a women's group that helped a homeless woman buy clothes for her daughter were among several businesses and organizations honored this week by the Ventura County Commission on Human Concerns.
NEWS
December 28, 1991
In another blow to Gov. Pete Wilson's effort to claim more power over state spending, a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge on Friday ordered the governor not to require state employees to pay a share of the cost of their dental benefits.
NEWS
November 30, 1993 | From Associated Press
Millions of Americans with rotting teeth and other oral diseases cannot afford to see the dentist, the government reported Monday. Americans' overall oral health has improved dramatically with the advent of fluoride and better dental education, the report by the Public Health Service said. But minorities, the poor and the elderly still have too many cavities, untreated and decaying teeth and diseases from gingivitis to oral cancer, the service concluded. Dr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1996
In what a lawyer called the largest dental malpractice judgment in California history, a jury has awarded a Palmdale woman $1.2 million from a dentist she said removed all her teeth when they simply needed cleaning. Dr. Leoneed Gordon frightened her with a diagnosis that her teeth were so rotten they would fall out in a few months, Linda Jeffery 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By David Ng
The character of Fantine in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" is a prostitute who is so poor that she resorts to selling her teeth for money. Actress Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the movie version of the stage musical, notified the world on Sunday that she is grateful -- thrilled, even -- to have dental insurance, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild. Hathaway won a supporting actress SAG Award on Sunday for her role in "Les Misérables. " In her acceptance speech, the actress enthused, "I'm just so thrilled I have dental" before thanking her mother and "everyone at CAA," her talent agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2011 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles school board agreed Tuesday to renew a deal with the district's dental insurance provider over the objections of a board member who had persuaded his colleagues to defeat an earlier version. Two weeks ago, Richard Vladovic complained that MetLife had tried to overcharge him for a mouth guard and then provided poor customer service, even though he acknowledged MetLife representatives eventually apologized. Vladovic won the support of three other board members to reject a three-year, multimillion-dollar contract renewal with the company, which provides insurance to nearly 100,000 current and former L.A. Unified School District employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Overwhelmed by demand for dental services, organizers of a massive free mobile health clinic asked some patients who had Tuesday appointments to return next week, a hitch in an otherwise smooth first day at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The need for dental work was nearly double what organizers saw on the first day of a similar free clinic held in August, said Roger Fieldman, a dentist who serves as volunteer dental director. Much of the increased demand was tied to the state's elimination of adult Denti-Cal last summer, Fieldman said.
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Dr. F. Gene Dixon, a dentist who helped make dental insurance accessible to millions of Americans with the founding of the company now known as Delta Dental of California, has died. He was 84. Dixon fell on the driveway outside his house in San Mateo, Calif., causing a head injury, said his wife, Rosemary Dixon. He died at a hospital the next day, Oct. 26. Though dental insurance is now a popular employee benefit, Dixon began his work at a time when most had not even heard of it.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By David Ng
The character of Fantine in Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" is a prostitute who is so poor that she resorts to selling her teeth for money. Actress Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine in the movie version of the stage musical, notified the world on Sunday that she is grateful -- thrilled, even -- to have dental insurance, courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild. Hathaway won a supporting actress SAG Award on Sunday for her role in "Les Misérables. " In her acceptance speech, the actress enthused, "I'm just so thrilled I have dental" before thanking her mother and "everyone at CAA," her talent agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Overwhelmed by demand for dental services, organizers of a massive free mobile health clinic asked some patients who had Tuesday appointments to return next week, a hitch in an otherwise smooth first day at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The need for dental work was nearly double what organizers saw on the first day of a similar free clinic held in August, said Roger Fieldman, a dentist who serves as volunteer dental director. Much of the increased demand was tied to the state's elimination of adult Denti-Cal last summer, Fieldman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2003 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Children living in Santa Barbara County are four times as likely to lack health insurance and nearly three times as likely to lack dental coverage as those in Northern California's Solano County, according to a new statewide report that found wide regional disparities in children's well-being.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001 | ERIKA HAYASAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maria Garcia leaned back in the dentist chair feeling none of the fear so common among dental patients. She wasn't worried about the drill, or the anesthetic, or the metal scraping tools. "Not nervous," she said. "So happy." Why? For a year, the 59-year-old immigrant from El Salvador has suffered from bleeding gums and pain in her molars so bad that she learned to chew with only her front teeth.
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