The Children's Partnership joins other dental and health advocates to comment on the Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2015 (CMS-9954-P). Supporting the proposal plan to reduce the cost- sharing limit for stand-alone dental plans (SADPs) for 2015 and beyond, the letter expresses concern that the proposed rule may not adequately alleviate affordability barriers for families who choose or are forced to purchase their children’s dental coverage through a stand-alone dental plan. Download the letter here.
Children's advocates express their concern with how pediatric dental plans will be offered by Covered California, California's Health Benefit Exchange. This joint letter outlines advocates' concerns about how the Exchange Board is deciding whether California's children actually get the affordable dental care they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.
California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, also calls for the Covered California Board to reverse the decision to bar health insurers and health plans from includng pediatric dental coverage within the Exchange market products. Download the full letter to the Covered California Board to learn more.
Download TCPs comments to California's Health Workforce Development Council, which is charged with helping to expand California’s health workforce in order to provide access to quality healthcare for all Californians.
TCP joins Children's Dental Health Project and other dental health advocates to applaud Representative Waxman and Representative Pallone for their dedication to the CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R.3654). This four year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will ensure that millions of children continue to receive the comprehensive health and dental coverage necessary to allow them to be healthy and ready to play, learn, and grow.
Download letter here.
AB 1174, authored by Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, would make it possible to implement the Virtual Dental Home (VDH) demonstration project statewide. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, who has until the end of September to act on the legislation.
Download the letter of support here
A broad coalition urges the California Health Benefits Exchange Board (HBEX) to adopt a policy that assures that all enrollees are able to purchase Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) that include pediatric dental benefits.
Download the full letter and the related policy brief, Important Consumer Considerations in Design on Pediatric Dental Benefits to learn more.
By allowing the Dental Board of California to regulate portable dental units, SB 562 will help ensure that patients who receive care by providers, using portable dental units at a community site, get comprehensive care and are connected to a local dental provider if the provider using the portable dental unit cannot provide all the care a patient needs. SB 562 will also help ensure all dental care for patients is coordinated among different providers, including those using portable dental units. Read more in our letter of support to Assemblymember Gordon.
AB 1231 would require the Department of Developmental Services to inform all regional centers that behavioral health treatment and dental care may be provided through the use of telehealth. The bill would also require the Department to provide technical assistance to regional centers on the use of telehealth and to request that those centers include a consideration of telehealth in individual program plans and individualized family services plans. Read our letter of support to Senator Yee, Chair, Senate Committee on Human Services.
Many retired dentists are interested in providing free care to the neediest in their communities, but face barriers, including the amount of continuing education (CE) required to maintain an active California dental license. Reducing the CE barrier is an important effort to optimize this highly experienced and willing resource for underserved communities. AB 836 addresses this problem for dentists who are no longer actively practicing dentistry but are willing to use their skills on a volunteer basis to safely provide limited high-quality care. Download the full letter here.
Parents with access to needed dental care can focus better on caring for their children and performing well at work. In addition, when parents access dental care, their children are more likely to obtain care.
Read the full letter of support to Senate President Steinberg and Speaker Perez here.
The Children's Partnership signs on with the Children's Dental Health Project and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families to urge the Department of Treasury to include the cost of stand-alone dental benefits in the calculation of premium tax credits under the ACA.
Download the letter here.
Jenny Kattlove, Director, Strategic Health Initiatives presented "Fix Medi-Cal Dental Coverage: Half of California's Kids Depend On It" to the San Luis Obispo Children's Oral Health Coalition, San Luis Obispo, CA.
Download slides from the presentation here. (pdf)
Jenny Kattlove, Director, Strategic Health Initiatives presented "Fix Medi-Cal Dental Coverage: Half of California's Kids Depend On It" at the Maternal and Child Health Access monthly meeting on March 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Download slides from the presentation here. (pdf)
Jenny Kattlove, Director, Strategic Health Initiatives
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce