Meet three dentists who received the CalHealthCares loan repayment award

Andrew Zufall, DMD, one of 34 California dentists who in March was awarded a CalHealthCares Loan Repayment award, often tells…

April 18, 2024 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Sacramento County may disenroll from DMC plans and enroll in FFS beginning in December

Changes are coming to the Medi-Cal Dental Program in Sacramento County. Dentists must be enrolled as a provider in Medi-Cal Dental fee-for-service to continue seeing any existing patients who leave their DMC plan and enroll in Medi-Cal Dental FFS. 

December 19, 2023 |Dental Benefit Plans, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Measure to secure permanent new Medi-Cal funding qualifies for November ballot

A coalition of health care organizations including CDA has filed a ballot measure for the November 2024 election to protect and expand funding for California’s Medi-Cal program, improving access to care for generations to come.

September 14, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

From free transportation to free language assistance: Connecting Medi-Cal Dental providers with patients

Important new and ongoing services for Medi-Cal Dental patients include language translation and free transportation to and from their appointments. Learn about all the services available, as well as assistance and training to help dentists establish and provide care for Medi-Cal Dental patients. 

June 7, 2023 |Access to Care, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Medi-Cal eligibility changes expected: Dentists encouraged to share materials with patients

The state of California is reviewing Medi-Cal eligibility. Dentists can share outreach materials with their Medi-Cal patients to help ensure they receive important information and updates about their coverage. 

April 26, 2023 |Dental Benefit Plans, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Medi-Cal Dental gains are measurable for dentists and patients

The dental initiatives of California’s transformative Medi-Cal proposal, CalAIM, have added to the significant gains made by the Medi-Cal Dental Program, which is designed to serve more than 14.7 million eligible Californians. Read about six major changes that are working for dentists and patients.

November 17, 2022 |Access to Care, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

CDA secures historic state budget wins for dentistry, oral health access

The California 2022-23 state budget signed by Gov. Newsom includes all of CDA’s priority asks with major investments in health care workforce development and $50 million to build and expand facilities and infrastructure to provide care for dental patients with special health care needs.

June 30, 2022 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Legislation, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Online portal for Medi-Cal providers to launch this fall

The California Department of Health Care Services plans to implement the Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment portal to simplify and accelerate Medi-Cal enrollment processes for dental providers no later than November 2022.

June 2, 2022 |Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Historic annual state budget secures Prop 56 wins for oral health

The California Legislature approved a state budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year that upholds the will of the voters when they passed the Proposition 56 tobacco tax in 2016. The budget makes significant investments in Medi-Cal Dental improvements, workforce development and coronavirus relief. 

July 1, 2021 |Access to Care, Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

State budget deal preserves Medi-Cal adult dental benefits, supplemental rate increases

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.

June 23, 2020 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Grassroots Advocacy Days resume virtually, focus on COVID-19 impact on dentists, access to care

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.

June 4, 2020 |Access to Care, Advocacy, COVID-19/Respiratory Illness, Legislation, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

Message to dentists from Dr. Reggiardo, executive director of CSPD, about the CalHealthCares program

Paul Reggiardo, DDS, executive director of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, spoke recently with Miguel Padilla, DMD, one of 38 dentists who received a CalHealthCares student loan repayment in 2019.

January 7, 2020 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles, Students