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Huge Colorado racial gap in dental coverage as more lose access

from The Denver Post

The number of Coloradans without dental insurance jumped by 17 percent — 300,000 people — over two years and widened a troubling ethnic gap, with more than half of Latinos reporting no coverage, according to a broad study by the Colorado Trust. Those using dental care in a given year also fell, even among those who had insurance, because of high co-pays and a lack of dental providers willing to give low-cost care, the study showed. The bad numbers take on added urgency as the state has declared oral care one of the top 10 "winnable" battles in public health, and as researchers find closer ties between oral and more general medical problems. more

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