Citing low reimbursement rates, Western Dental announced today that it will stop taking new patients with Denti-Cal coverage at 13 more of its California offices beginning June 1, 2015, and that it will close one office in San Francisco.
The company previously announced it would not be accepting Denti-Cal patients at three of its new offices in the state.
"For more than 50 years, Western Dental has been able to serve all Californians, including those most in need and covered by the state Denti-Cal program," said Simon Castellanos, CEO and President of Western Dental. "However, the extremely low funding and reimbursement levels for the state program have finally proven impossible to bear." Western Dental is the state's largest provider of dental care services to low-income families. Mr. Castellanos reiterated, "We want to continue being a strong partner with the state and we are hopeful that the Governor and Legislature will pass a budget that will enable more providers like us to maintain the oral care that so many California children and adults need."
Beginning June 1, the company will stop accepting new Denti-Cal patients at 13 offices. At this time, returning patients with Denti-Cal will be able to continue care in their existing office.
The company also announced that it's planning to close its Market Street office in San Francisco at the end of June and is in the process of closing one additional office later this year.
SOURCE Western Dental