Category Archives: Oral Health

Watch Your Mouth! and other Oral Health related items

Confusion and Cost Create Barriers To Dental Coverage Plans

For years advocates have worked to share a message that Massachusetts knows well: Oral health is critical to overall health, and dental insurance is health insurance. The messaging looked like it would pay off when dental coverage for children was … Continue reading

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Powerful WGBH Report on MassHealth Dental: “My teeth have literally fallen apart, crumbled.”

This morning WGBH radio ran a story on the continued impact of the MassHealth adult dental cuts that were initiated in July 2010. Three years after most dental benefits were eliminated, we’ll see some progress. Fillings will be restored for … Continue reading

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Happy Fiscal New Year! House, Senate Send FY 2014 Budget to Governor, With Some Good News for MassHealth Dental Coverage

Today the House and Senate sent to the Governor the FY 2014 budget (giant pdf), which  was filed by the joint conference committee late last night. Any minute now, we’ll get a detailed report from our friends at the Mass … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Ups Some Health Funds

After two long days (and long nights), the Senate finalized their budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (which starts in July), and in doing so brought some good tidings for health in Massachusetts. Perhaps the greatest win was in oral health … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday – Here’s Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to … Continue reading

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Your Task Today: Call Your Senator To Restore Oral Health Fillings

The Senate budget released yesterday is a mix of good and disappointing, of course. We’ll have a more detailed report, with all of our amendment recommendations, early next week. But for now we want to focus on the most glaring … Continue reading

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House Approves MassHealth Dental Fillings in Budget; Still Cuts MassHealth

It was hard to notice. But an obscure section in a the final, technical amendment during the House budget debate would allow over 800,000 low-income adults to receive dental fillings under the budget approved by the Massachusetts House of Representatives … Continue reading

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