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Restoration of Medi-Cal dental coverage comes too late for many

by Adrian Florido | Take Two

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Five of Miriam Martinez's molars have had to be extracted because of decay. "If I'd had dental insurance, I'd still have my teeth," the 52-year-old said. Adrian Florido

The Affordable Care Act has expanded medical coverage for people of all ages, but dental coverage is a different story.

The federal law requires it be made available only to children. That means in California, millions of adults — many of them poor — do not have dental care. That'll change in May when the state restores a low-income dental program it cut a few years ago.

But KPCC's Adrian Florido reports dentists say a lot of damage has been done in the meantime. 

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