Re "All options need to be on table for Medi-Cal dental program" (Viewpoints, Feb. 6): I wanted to thank Barbara M. Aved for her op-ed piece. She presents a practical explanation of why California's approach to providing dental care to low-income children is broken -- not because of a lack of dentists, but because the existing system is not economically viable. She also predicts further reductions in available dental care to these children when the Affordable Care Act is activated in 2014 because the state will enroll millions of new children while at the same time reducing the reimbursement rates to providers.
I am president of the California Academy of General Dentistry, which represents the general dentists who provide the majority of dental care to children in California. California needs to be honest about paying for that care.
-- Guy E. Acheson, Fair Oaks