Universal healthcare for children moving ahead in San Francisco

Jan. 15, 2002
Through the Healthy Kids program, Delta Dental Plan of California -- the company selected to administer the dental portion of the program -- has announced its invitation to 160 local dentists to participate.

"We've asked those dentists who partner with us under a similar state-sponsored program for the uninsured to join us in serving up to 5,000 children under San Francisco's Healthy Kids program," said Michael Kaufmann, a senior vice president with the San Francisco-based, nonprofit dental health plan. "We are confident based on the initial response that we can field an ample network to meet the tremendous amount of unmet dental needs among this population."

A local partnership has launched a program to train people from a variety of work backgrounds to become certified dental assistants (CDAs). CDAs are needed to fill critical vacancies in dental offices throughout the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas.