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‘Virtual’ Dental Exams Help the Underserved: Q&A with Jenny Kattlove, The Children’s Partnership

on October 09, 2014

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: New Public Health

Recent data out of California has shown that close to 90,000 children go to the emergency room for dental care each year. Although the cost of those visits is tens of millions of dollars, often little more is done than prescribing antibiotics to control infections. While that is important, after such a visit a child’s teeth remain decayed, posing significant risks for adult dental health problems, which can lead to illnesses, deaths, huge ...


New Back-to-School Checklist Item in California: Enroll in Health Coverage

on October 03, 2014

Huffington Post Blog
Wendy Lazarus

What a difference a year makes. Last September, as millions of children across the country and in California started back to school, there was real uncertainty about what the new health care law, Obamacare, would bring. While not perfect, the law can take credit for the enrollment of over 8 million people in the Federal or State Exchanges, and another 7.2 million enrolling in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the states that ...


California Approves Dental Telehealth Program to Expand Access to Services

on October 02, 2014

October 2, 2014 -- Oral health advocates are lauding California's new law expanding the Virtual Dental Home (VDH), a program that uses telehealth technology to bring dental services directly to patients in community settings, such as schools and nursing homes.

Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of the Children's Partnership, noted that caries remains the largest unmet children's health need in California today.

"This is a huge victory for California's children and children across the nation," Lazarus said in a statement. "By combining ...


Going to the Dentist — Virtually

on October 02, 2014

Kaiser Health News

Inside a South Los Angeles classroom filled with plastic dinosaurs, building blocks, stuffed animals and Dr. Seuss books, Mireya Rodriguez counted Hendryk Vaquero’s teeth and looked for cavities.

At just 4 years old, he’d already had nine stainless steel crowns and multiple fillings, and his gums showed signs of inflammation and infection. He’d lost a couple of baby teeth, including a capped tooth his mom pulled out after it started bleeding.

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Medi-Cal To Cover Teledentistry Services Beginning in 2015

on September 30, 2014

California Healthline

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill AB 1174 to expand Medi-Cal coverage to teledentistry services beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, Kaiser Health News. Capsules reports. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program.

Meanwhile, Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children's Partnership, said, "This is a huge victory for California's children and children across the nation," adding, "By combining workforce innovations with advances in technology, California is now one step closer to closing the dental care gap ...


Pew Commends California for Dental Telehealth Program

on September 29, 2014

WASHINGTON—The Pew Charitable Trusts today commended California’s new law that expands the Virtual Dental Home, an innovative program that uses telehealth technology to bring dental services directly to patients in community settings, such as preschools, elementary schools, and nursing homes.

Under the program, dental hygienists and assistants perform preventive care and provide patient information electronically for review by an off-site dentist. At the direction of the dentist, the providers can also place temporary fillings. Patients who need more advanced ...


California To Launch Medicaid-Funded Teledentistry

on September 29, 2014

Kaiser Health News

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that would require Medi-Cal, the state’s insurance program for the poor, to pay for dental services delivered by teams of hygienists and dentists connected through the Internet.

California is among the first states to launch such teledentistry services, which are intended to increase the options for patients in remote and underserved areas. Other states, like Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii and West Virginia, are interested in creating their own teledentistry programs ...


Jenny Kattlove on the Virtual Dental Home Bill

on September 29, 2014


After California Governor Brown signed AB 1174, Jenny Kattlove discusses the benefit to millions of children who will now receive dental care. 

Listen here:


From KQED, I’m Nina Kim.

Governor Brown has signed a bill designed to improve access to dental services for kids. The law expands a program called the Virtual Dental Home, which brings dental care to schools and Headstart classrooms among other sites.

Jenny Kattlove ...


The Children’s Partnership works to ensure that all children—especially those at risk of being left behind—have the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and lead productive lives. Read More.

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