An article by The Washington Times article As part of its push to lower the cost of health care services across the state, California is looking to expand its Medicaid program.
But a growing number of counties and counties in other parts of the state are also considering expanding coverage, including some that have had to make tough choices about who can receive care.
The new health care expansion will give people with Medicaid access to dental care for up to 10 days at a time at clinics and other providers in the state.
Many counties and cities are taking advantage of the expansion to expand dental coverage.
The latest county data showed more than 20,000 residents received dental care, up from 10,000 in the previous month.
But the county that saw the largest increase in dental coverage was Marin, which saw a 17 percent increase in Medicaid dental care.
The county that was least impacted by the expansion was Santa Rosa, which had more than half its dental coverage covered with Medicaid.
A new state law will help counties and localities make those decisions about how to distribute Medicaid coverage, said Jeff Bohnert, executive director of the State Association of Counties.
“We’re not going to have to be the only state in the nation to take on this challenge,” he said.
County officials say they are making the case to counties around the state that they need more dental coverage because they don’t have enough dental therapists.
“There are more than 1.3 million Californians that are getting their dental care through the state Medicaid program,” said Dan Schreiber, deputy county executive.
“This expansion is really going to help our dental program as well.”
The California Dental Association said in a statement that counties are now considering adding more providers to the Medicaid program, including dental hygienists, dentists, and dentists who perform cosmetic surgery.
“We encourage all dental programs to make dental health a priority, as dental care is the single greatest expense incurred by all Californians,” said the statement from the California D.A.D. “County governments should be proactive in planning dental care programs and resources to meet their dental needs.”
In the Bay Area, the California State Health Care Authority (CSCA) said in an emailed statement that the expansion of dental coverage will help ensure the health care system can meet the needs of the population and address long-standing challenges in the community.
CSCA’s chief executive, Richard C. Guglielmi, said the agency is “committed to making sure our state and local communities have access to the health and dental care services they need, regardless of income or geographic location.”
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