Republicans Want $200M For Denti-Cal, Citing Report On Program’s Dysfunction
Gov. Jerry Brown is set to release a revised budget next week, and Republican leaders are calling on him to include the additional funding for low-income dental services.
The Sacramento Bee:
California Republican Lawmakers Want More For Dental Care Program
Republican legislative leaders want Gov. Jerry Brown to include $200 million in additional money for low-income dental services in the revised budget proposal he releases next week, saying the increase would help improve a program criticized as a “vicious circle of dysfunction” in a recent report. Thursday’s letter to Brown from Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, and Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, cited an April report by the Little Hoover Commission that called the state’s Denti-Cal program a “bureaucratic backwater” that provides inadequate care to the 13 million Californians eligible for it. (Miller, 5/5)