Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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What You Need to Know About the Restored Dental Benefits for Adults in California

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018
By: Marianna Yamamoto, Program Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
Carolina Valle, Senior Policy Associate, California Pan Ethnic Health Network 
Amber Christ, Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging
Click here to access our English brochure
Beginning January 1, 2018, adults with full-scope Medi-Cal have many dental benefits restored through Denti-Cal. This includes all pregnant women, regardless of immigration status, who are eligible for pregnancy-related Medi-Cal with full benefits.
The full restoration provides an important opportunity to educate California residents, especially Medi-Cal beneficiaries, about the additional dental benefits to ensure that beneficiaries are able to seek needed dental services.
Here are the major dental services available to adults through Medi-Cal, as of January 1, 2018 However, Denti-Cal continues to have a cap of $1,800 for covered services per year, although some services do not count towards the $1,800 cap and additional services can be covered if shown to be medically necessary. Adults with full-scope Medi-Cal can expect to receive a letter in the mail notifying them of these new benefits.
Major services covered as of January 1st, 2018: 
  • Initial Exam
  • Cleaning (prophylaxis)
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • X-Rays
  • Fillings
  • Prefabricated Crowns (resin & stainless steel only)
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals in Front Teeth
  • Full Dentures
  • Full Denture Adjustments & Repairs
  • NEW! Laboratory Processed Crowns
  • NEW! Root Canals in Back Teeth
  • NEW! Partial Dentures
  • NEW! Partial Denture Adjustments, Repairs, and Relines
  • NEW! Periodontics (Scaling and Root Planing)
While the restored dental coverage will now extend to adults with full scope Medi-Cal, beneficiaries can face an array of barriers to accessing these services.  It remains critical to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education to community members about their benefits. Here is a consumer pamphlet in English and Spanish (and soon available in various other languages) with more information about the restored dental benefits and how to access them. 
To learn more, please visit or call 1-800-322-6384.


Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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