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Children suffer under dental managed care that saves California money
Sacramento Bee

When state lawmakers learned that Sacramento County’s dental program for poor children has one of the worst records in the state, they immediately scheduled hearings and demanded reform.

But a larger Medi-Cal managed care program has a poorer record and hasn’t received the same kind of legislative scrutiny.

Four hundred miles south, in Los Angeles County, just 23 percent of the children enrolled in Medi-Cal managed care saw a dentist last year. That’s compared with about 31 percent in Sacramento and about half of all Medi-Cal children statewide.