CAPITOL WEEKLY PODCAST: The 2022-23 California State Budget – signed recently by Gov. Newsom – included a big expansion of Medi-Cal and big wins for for dentists and oral health. We invited Jeff Miller, President of Western Dental, to talk about what this means for California’s Dentists, and about the state of the industry. Founded over a century ago, Western Dental provides high-quality affordable dental care to patients of all backgrounds, including more Medi-Cal dental patients than any other oral health provider in the state. The Western Dental system provides 3 million patient visits annually across 357 offices in California, Texas, Arizona, Alabama and Nevada.
Plus, Who Had the Worst Week in California Politics?
:25 Dentistry and Medi-Cal
2:12 49th out of 50 states
4:37 The impact of COVID
5:44 Can telehealth work for dental care?
6:31 “I never liked going to the dentist..”
7:15 What regions of the state are hardest to serve?
10:20 Why is dentistry separate from other health care?
13:09 Reimbursement rates
16:07 Are there programs to get dentists into underserved communities?
18:21 What now for California dentists?