Got a flier in the mail today from Western Dental that basically says: “Medi-cal is ending dental benefits! Come in now while you still can!” I have a possible cavity that I’ve been putting off getting looked at so obviously this concerns me. After making a couple calls it turns out that the situation is a little more nebulous. The funding for Denti-Cal is zeroed out in this year’s budget so yes, that most likely means the program is going away or changing, but there’s still the possibility that they figure out some way to fund it and in the meantime the deadline has already been pushed back at least a month from what this postcard is telling me.
They aren’t going to stop paying for emergency room visits, pain pills, etc, so I don’t know what the thought is here: “Hey they’re so broke that they qualify for Medi-Cal, but I’m sure they’ll dig into their pockets to fix their cavities on their own dime rather than dinging the state for some vicodin.” ?? The stupidity of this as a policy decision aside, it’s also pretty asinine of Western Dental to run off a big freakout-inducing batch of postcards and go telling people this shit’s going to absolutely be happening and the date is set so you better come get our shitty dental service rightnowbeforeitstoolate.
Fuck ’em both.