The House Ways & Means budget calls for cuts to MassHealth adult dental benefits that would eliminate restorative services for the 700,000 adults on MassHealth.
This proposal to cut crucial oral health services for adults on MassHealth will lead to needless pain and suffering at a time when many people are most vulnerable. Additionally, below-poverty individuals and families will lose dental benefits through Commonwealth Care.
Although $56 million dollars of services will be eliminated by these cuts, the state will save at most only $11 million. Approximately $35 million in matching federal dollars will be lost, and the state will spend a large portion of the remaining savings on people forced to use emergency rooms for problems caused by untreated dental problems.
On Wednesday the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce began calling and visiting their representatives to urge them to sign on to Representative Scibak’s Amendment to preserve adult dental benefits. In the past 48 hours, the team has secured thirty co-sponsors! This early support for the amendment means stronger support when it is debated in two weeks. This list includes Representatives Balser, Basile, Brownsberger, Coakley-Rivera, D’Amico, Dwyer, Ehrlich, Fagan, Fallon, Finegold, Forry, Garballey, Grant, Gregoire, Kafka, Khan, Madden, Michlewitz, O’Day, Peake, Pedone, Pignatelli, Provost, Puppolo, Richardson, Sannicandro, Scaccia, Smizik, Tobin, and Walsh.
(If your legislator is on this list, call and thank him or her; if your Rep is not on the list, please call and ask him or her to support the amendment)
These legislators have demonstrated that we cannot move backward by cutting fundamental services- adult MassHealth dental benefits must be protected.
For more information, contact Courtney Chelo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-275-2935.