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HCFA & Commonwealth Agree on MassHealth Children's Dental Remediation Plan

HCFA & Commonwealth Agree on MassHealth Children's Dental Remediation Plan

September 1, 2005

Health Care For All and the Commonwealth have agreed to a “joint remedial program” in the case of HCFA v. Romney which alleged that the Commonwealth’s administration of the MassHealth dental program for children violated federal law. On July 14, federal district judge Rya Zobel ruled in favor of HCFA and ordered the Commonwealth and HCFA to develop a joint remediation plan to address the deficiencies in the state’s management of dental services for more than 450,000 low-income Massachusetts children.

You can read the “First Joint Report on Proposed Remedial Program” filed yesterday with the federal court by clicking here. You will read areas where we are in agreement, and the areas in which we still have work to do. We agreed to ask the Court to file an updated report on the areas of disagreement no later than December 31, 2005. For a history of HCFA’s dental lawsuit, filed in 2000, click here.

HCFA is represented in this action by an outstanding legal led by our crack law firm Health Law Advocates, (Laurie Martinelli and Steve Rosenfeld), Clare McGorrian, and Greater Boston Legal Services Attorney Sara Anderson. Our expert remediation team includes Zoila Torres Feldman of the Great Brook Valley Community Health Center, Dr. Mark Doherty of the Dorchester House Neighborhood Health Center, HCFA’s Stacey Auger, and Dr. Rick Niederman of the Forsythe Dental Clinic.

And thanks to the Executive Office of Health & Human Services and Attorney General Tom Reilly for approaching this court-ordered task in good faith and cooperation.