THE GOVERNATOR WITH BIG TEETH ISSUES
I got mine fixed. Screw you!
AHNOLD SEZ JULY 1st 2009, NO MORE DENTISTS FOR THE POOR IN MY STATE! !
Budgets threaten dental care
By Cathy Frey
On July 1, 3 million Californians will lose access to Denti-Cal, the state's
dental insurance program for its poorest residents.
In Mendocino County approximately 6,000 individuals will lose their dental
coverage. For the first time in California's history, Medi-Cal Optional
Benefits, which include dental care for adults, are being eliminated to
balance the State budget.
While the state claims that the elimination of Denti-Cal will save money in
the state budget, the costs to patient health and the stability of the
community safety net far outweigh any potential savings. The cuts in the
state budget mean a potential loss of approximately $83 million to the 256
health centers in California currently providing dental services. It will
also force some health centers to eliminate their entire dental program,
including dental services for children (which are federally mandated) and
It's hard to understand how or why the Governor and the legislature keep
attacking dental benefits for adults covered by Medi-Cal. Reducing these
critical dental services will only exacerbate overall health conditions for
the population with the greatest need for dental care, and those most
vulnerable to oral health complications.
Each year, community health centers in Mendocino County provide dental
services to over 6,000 adults. The elimination of dental benefits
represents a staggering loss to our health center's dental programs
and local health centers stand to lose a significant portion of their
revenue, This will result in reductions in services, layoffs of staff and
longer wait times at our health centers. Mendocino County will be
especially hard hit, as many of our centers are the sole provider of dental
services in their community.
Needless to say, the elimination of Denti-Cal coverage does not eliminate
the need for dental care. Where will our people go to receive care as their
oral health problems reach crisis proportions? To our hospitals, of course.
When the state of Maryland eliminated its adult dental benefits in 1993,
emergency room visits for dental problems rose 21 percent in one year. Many
emergency rooms are ill equipped to provide these patients more than
extractions, antibiotics and pain medication.
On the surface, eliminating Medi-Cal adult dental services might seem like
a necessary step in controlling our state's spending and in managing our
current fiscal crisis. Yet in reality, eliminating Medi-Cal adult dental
will jeopardize the health of thousands of Mendocino County residents. It
will put an increased burden on an already fragile health care safety net,
push local hospitals into the oral health business, add to bloated health
care costs, and force our local dental services staff out of employment.
It is time for policy makers in Sacramento to act responsibly. They have a
chance to restore Denti-Cal optional benefits. For the well-being of
Mendocino County's communities, the Alliance for Rural Community Health
asks you to contact Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, Senator Pat Wiggins and
Governor Schwarzenegger: Urge them to reconsider the elimination of this
important health program.
Cathy Frey, MHA is executive director of the Alliance for Rural Community
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