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Expanded Covered California Dental Coverage Could Pose Access Problems

Beginning Jan. 1, all individual Covered California health plans will include dental coverage for children in the family 18 and younger, a move that state officials hope will result in tens of thousands of kids getting oral health care.

While children’s advocates applaud expanding the coverage, they caution that there already aren’t enough pediatric dentists in the state. They say certain dentists may decide not to accept the Covered California insurance, leaving some of the newly insured without access.