Oral Health in Action

Oral Health in Action

Thank you from the Oral Health Integration Project (OHIP)

On behalf of the Oral Health Integration Project, thank you! With your help, we were fortunate enough to conduct our final oral health focus group for residents residing in Berkshire and/or Franklin counties. These focus groups were and will remain to be an essential part of Health Care For All's assessment of systematic barriers to oral health services in Massachusetts, and because of your support and willingness to spread the word, we had the opportunity to hear from caring, compassionate constituents. So again, thank you!

Let's continue to keep up the good work and create a better health care system in Massachusetts!

Recruitment For Berkshire and/or Franklin Counties Focus Group - May 24th

Tobacco Free Mass Lobby Day - May 18th, 2017

Alexis and Neetu from HCFA's Oral Health team joined legislators and advocates at the Free Tobacco MA Lobby day in support of House Bill #2864 and Senate Bill #1218, which would raise the age of sale for tobacco from 18 to 21. The bill will reduce tobacco use and nicotine addiction among youth, and will improve health, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs. 

National Oral Health Caucus - April 24-26th, 2017

Dr. Neetu Singh and Oral Health Organizer, Alexis Major, joined oral health educators to address the importance of oral integration in Alburque, New Mexico during the National Oral Health Conference. Given the disastrous outcome, elevating oral health is vital!

Advocates Aim To Boost Dental Coverage, BNN News  - April 21st, 2017

HCFA's Oral Health Project Manager, Neetu Singh, spoke to BNN News on April 21, 2017 about the work HCFA is leading to restore coverage of periodontal treatment for people enrolled in MassHealth.

Thank you from the Oral Health Integration Project (OHIP) - April 6th, 2017

On behalf of the Oral Health Integration Project, thank you! A few weeks ago and with your help, we were fortunate enough to conduct two successful oral health focus groups for residents residing in Central and Western, Mass. As you know, these focus groups were and will remain to be an essential part of Health Care For All's assessment of systematic barriers to oral health services in Massachusetts, and because of your support and willingness to spread the word, we had the opportunity to hear from caring, compassionate constituents. So again, thank you!

Let's continue to keep up the good work and create a better health care system in Massachusetts!

We highly appreciate the support of the Southeast Asian Coalition and Anh Sawyer, Executive Director, for hosting us and connecting us to the community.

Legislative Oral Health Caucus - March 21st, 2017

HCFA’s Dr. Neetu Singh presented at the Legislative Oral Health Caucus on behalf of the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce (OHAT) on March 21, 2017. The slide presentation, supporting Health Policy Commission (HPC) policy brief and Periodontal Treatment Fact Sheet can be found here.

2017-2018 OHAT Key Legislation

  • Restore MassHealth Adult Dental Benefits: HD 1592 (Rep. Scibak & Sen. Chandler): An Act Relative to the Restoration of MassHealth Adult Dental Benefits will restore full MassHealth adult dental benefits to more than 800,000 individuals, including 120,000 seniors and 180,000 people living with disabilities. Left untreated, dental disease can lead to systemic infection, hospitalization, and the worsening of other medical conditions. Oral health is an integral part of overall health and should be included in health coverage.

Other Priority Legislation

  • Improve the Children’s Medical Security Program (CMSP): HD 2594/SD 467 (Rep. Malia & Sen. DiDomenico)

  • Pilot a Risk-Based Oral Health Model Statewide for Children on MassHealth: HD 1597/SD 941 (Rep. Scibak & Sen. Chandler)

  • Raising the Minimum Legal Age to 21 for the Sale of All Tobacco Products: HD 3668/SD 1353 (Rep. McMurtry & Sen. Lewis)

Full 2017-2018 OHAT Legislative Priorities can be found here

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