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Healthy People 2030, a 10-year national plan to promote and improve public health and prevent disease, launched Aug. 18 via webcast with experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention speaking on health equity, well-being and business partnerships.
The state Legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom reached an agreement yesterday on a balanced state budget for 2020-21 fiscal year that preserves critical safety net health care funding in the Medi-Cal dental (Denti-Cal) program.
Now that Gov. Newsom has eased the statewide stay-at-home order and dentists are beginning to return to practice, CDA's Grassroots Advocacy Days have resumed. In the last weeks, dentists from four component dental societies met with their local legislators or legislative staff through Zoom, the videoconferencing platform.
Gov. Gavin Newsom today laid out a new 2020-21 California budget proposal that slashes billions of dollars in spending in an effort to tackle a massive $54 billion deficit. During the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s revenues plummeted, wiping out the state’s $6 billion surplus.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed state budget continues the commitment to increasing access to dental services and improving the health of vulnerable Californians. State investments in Medi-Cal over recent years have made it a more sustainable program for dentists and resulted in increased utilization of dental services.
I love spreading good news, and the CalHealthCares professional education loan repayment program is about the best news for current pediatric dental residents and recent post-doctoral alumni I can imagine. In July 2019, the program, funded through Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenues and administered through contract by the Department of Health Care Services, awarded $10 million in student debt relief to 38 California dentists.
Local dental societies are teaming up with the ADA once again for the annual Give Kids A Smile program, a volunteer initiative to provide dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children. Give Kids A Smile kicks off the first Friday in February to coincide with National Children’s Dental Health Month. This year, the date is Feb. 7; however, GKAS programs can take place throughout the year.
Health care providers can expect to see major revisions to the Medi-Cal program over the next couple of years as a result of a new initiative by the Department of Health Care Services. Released in late October, the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) proposal will implement “broader delivery system, program and payment reform across the Medi-Cal Program,” according to the proposal summary.
Eligible dentists and dental students in California can apply Jan. 13 to Feb. 7, 2020, for student loan repayment of up to $300,000 or a practice support grant — also up to $300,000 — through the CalHealthCares program. To improve their chances of scoring highly, applicants are encouraged to prepare early by reviewing all materials, including eligibility requirements and Q&A, and attending an upcoming live webinar or watching a recorded webinar.