Smile, Kids! Connecticut a Winner in Children’s Dental Care
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Over the past ten years, Connecticut has risen from mediocrity to star status on the issue of dental care for children. It's one of only six states to earn top ranking in a study released today by the Pew Center on the States. The study finds that nationally one child in five lacks dental care.
Patricia Baker, president and CEO of the Connecticut Health Foundation, says the foundation has made grants totaling $10 million in the past decade to promote dental care for kids in the state.
"When we first started this work, only 12 percent of the kids were getting treatment in Medicaid, so we have come a long way."
Now it's up to 41 percent.
Baker points out that, while the state ranks high in the report, much work remains to be done.
"I would really caution Connecticut not to rest on its laurels, but rather to continue the progress we've made to date."
She says one way to get care to more kids is to extend more care to their parents, and increasing payments to providers serving adults would promote better family dental care.
The full Pew report is at www.pewcenteronthestates.org
get more stories like this via email
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansans ages 16 to 26 who are or have been in the foster-care system now are eligible for one-time payments of at least $750…
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jessica Molina of Perrysburg says she was inspired as a child by the spirit of activism, as she watched her parents participate in …
HARRISBURG, Pa. - U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., wants to bring back the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public-works program from the 1930s that created …
Health and Wellness
CHICAGO - Overdose deaths in Illinois rose by more than a quarter from 2019 to 2020, and medical experts are warning that pills not prescribed by a …
APPLETON, Wis. - The pandemic paused many facets of life, and a new report says wellness checkups for children were among them. With school resuming …
ALBANY, N.Y. - A ballot measure could give New York residents the constitutional right to a healthy environment, and on Tuesday a group of state …
SALEM, Ore. - Young people of color are locked up at disproportionately high rates compared with their white peers, despite recent signs the gap is …
HELENA, Mont. - A Montana campaign is renewing its efforts to help identify developmental delays in young children. The Centers for Disease Control …