Follow-Up Study Concerning Denti-Cal

Mar 22
Follow-Up Study Concerning Denti-Cal
9:30 a.m., State Capitol, Room 437, Sacramento, CA
  • Agenda


    Public Hearing on Denti-Cal
    Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.
    State Capitol, Room 437
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    A Day in the Life: Patient Experiences in Obtaining Denti-Cal Services

    1. Robin Blanks-Guster, parent and grandparent of Denti-Cal patients, Sacramento County
    2. Laurie James, grandparent of Denti-Cal patient, Amador County (Written Testimony)

    A Day in the Life: Provider Experiences in Delivering Denti-Cal Services

    1. Dr. Nagaraja Murthy, D.D.S, Golden State Dental Group (Written Testimony)
    2. Dr. John Luther, D.D.S, Chief Dental Officer, Western Dental (Written Testimony)
    3. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, D.D.S,  Dental Director, WellSpace Health
    4. Viveka Rydell-Anderson, CEO, and Dr. Mark Hagele, DDS, Dental Director, PDI Surgery Center (Written Testimony)

    A New Way Forward: Modernizing Denti-Cal

    1. Dr. Paul Glassman, D.D.S, Professor of Dental Practice, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
      (Written Testimony)

    Administrators: Overseeing and Implementing California’s Dental Policies

    1. Jennifer Kent, Director, and Alani Jackson, Chief, Medi-Cal Dental Services Division, Department of Health Care Services
      (Written Testimony)
    2. Dr. Jayanth Kumar, D.D.S, State Dental Director, California Department of Public Health (Written Testimony)

    Comments Submitted by Members of the Public

    Justice in Aging

    California Dental Association

    California Dental Hygienists' Association

    Health Consumer Alliance

    Gary & Mary West Senior Dental Center

    Center for Oral Health

    Melinda Lancaster

    Children Now

    Cavity Free SF

    Donna Jackson

  • Public Notice


    March 9, 2018

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Terri Hardy, Executive Director (A)
    (916) 445-2125


    Notice of Meeting

    On Thursday, March 22, 2018, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearing to examine the progress the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has made in addressing recommendations from the Commission’s April 2016 report, Fixing Denti-Cal. The Commission will hear from key stakeholders, including Denti-Cal patients and providers, about their experiences with the program.  The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.

    At the hearing, the Commission will first hear from a panel consisting of family members of Denti-Cal patients, who will discuss the challenges of obtaining dental care and services.  Next, the Commission will hear from several Denti-Cal providers, including representatives from Golden State Dental Group, Western Dental Services, WellSpace Health and PDI Surgery Center, on the potential financial and procedural obstacles that may limit access to care. The Commission will then hear from a leading oral health policy thought leader, who will discuss the importance of ensuring stakeholder oversight and delivering preventative care for Denti-Cal patients.  Lastly, the Commission will hear from representatives of DHCS who will provide updates on implementation of the Commission’s recommendations and discuss how recent reforms are striving to improve the oral health of Medi-Cal children.  The State Dental Director will describe the California Department of Public Health’s role in shaping state dental policy.

    There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing.  Public comments will be limited to three minutes per person.  The Commission also encourages written comments. 

    Immediately following the hearing, the Commission will hold a business meeting in the lower level conference room at 925 L Street in Sacramento.

    If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Commission Acting Executive Director Terri Hardy at (916) 445-2125 or by Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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