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Tampa Bay Times: Dental Care for Poor Florida Children Already Scarce, Could Get Worse

ST. PETERSBURG — Seven-year-old Ebony McCray arrived at the dentist's office last week needing two crowns and four fillings.

She left needing a new dentist.

Dr. Myles H. Levitt has dropped out of the children's Medicaid program after the state shifted all dental patients into a controversial private managed care program. Dentists who take Medicaid were already a rare breed, and Ebony's parents don't relish searching for a new one.


Florida has long done a dismal job in getting dental care to its poorest children. Nearly 76 percent of Florida children enrolled in Medicaid, the federal-state insurance program for the poor, received no dental care in 2011, putting Florida dead last among states, according to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts.

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