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Some Lawmakers Want To Restore Dental Benefits To Medi-Cal

Now that California’s budget is back in the black, some Democratic lawmakers want to restore Medi-Cal benefits that were cut during the recession. Dental services for adults are one item under consideration. California cut dental benefits from the Medi-Cal program in 2009. That means some 3 million low-income adults have no coverage for basic dental services like exams, fillings or dentures. Going to an emergency room is one of their only options. Anthony Wright, executive director of the non-profit group Health Access California, said restoring dental benefits makes sense, especially since there are federal matching funds available.