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Stethoscope on dollars l. The California Medical Association has sponsored legislation that would require insurers to reimburse medical and dental practices for pandemic-related expenses like personal protective equipment and disinfectant.

SACRAMENTO — Treating patients has become more expensive during the pandemic, and doctors and dentists don’t want to be on the hook for all the new costs.

For instance, the box of 100 gloves that cost $2.39 in February 2020 costs $30 now, said Dr. Judee Tippett-Whyte, president of the California Dental Association, who has a private dental practice in Stockton.

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