Need for services
Neglected dental needs cause unbearable pain, difficulty eating, and life threatening infections spreading from the mouth into the bloodstream. Today, there are no reliable social programs to provide funding for needed dental services. This problem is widespread and the treatment underfunded. There is a misconception that when veterans come home, they will have all their dental needs covered. Unfortunately, most of our brave veterans return home to discover that they do not qualify for any government coverage for dental services unless they are 100% disabled, POW, or service connected.
Current federal funding
There is no existing federal funding program for dental services.
Current California state funding
Denti-Cal is Medi-Cal’s dental coverage program, which provides limited dental services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. This program was reinstated in 2014 after being one of the items slashed from the California state budget for a number of years, leading to an exacerbation of urgent dental needs.