Basic Medi-Cal dental services for adults to be re-established May 1, 2014
Faced with a multibillion-dollar deficit in 2009, the administration and the legislature eliminated coverage for routine dental care for adults in the Denti-Cal program beginning July 1 of that year. According to federal Medicaid law, dental services are only mandatory for children, and as part of a broad effort to eliminate the gap between revenues and spending, the optional program for adults, with a few exceptions for special populations, was defunded by the state.
The California Legislature re-established a basic adult dental program beginning on May 1. These services include:
- initial oral examinations, radiographs/photographic images, prophylaxis and fluoride treatments;
- amalgam and composite restorations;
- prefabricated stainless steel, resin and resin window crowns;
- anterior root canal therapy;
- complete dentures, including immediate dentures; and
- complete denture adjustments, repairs and relines.
For more info, see
- Dental-Cal Bulletin (August 2013)
- Dental-Cal website (part of CA Dept of Health Care Services)
- The California Dental Association (CDA) announcement