California Healthline: Access, Monitoring Raised as Issues for Denti-Cal Restoration Starting May 1

by David Gorn

State officials last week declared the Department of Health Care Services ready for the May 1 kickoff of partially restored dental services for adults as a Medi-Cal fee-for-service benefit, despite some criticisms of the department’s oversight. DHCS came under fire from the Legislative Analyst’s Office for inadequate monitoring of access to dental providers.

“We are on schedule to implement the partial restoration of the optional adult dental services on May 1 and we are very excited about that restoration,” said Mari Cantwell, chief deputy director at DHCS.

In his proposed budget for 2013-14 spending plan, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) agreed to restore some Denti-Cal benefits for adults over the next two years. Denti-Cal is part of Medi-Cal, California’s t program. That restoration follows a succession of cuts and court orders since 2009 over the issue. In 2011, the state received CMS approval to drop the optional benefit, but a 2013 ruling in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared that decision illegal.  

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