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Leading the way for Better Oral Health Access in Massachusetts

Leading the way for Better Oral Health Access in Massachusetts

November 17, 2011

JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, was recognized today by Delta Dental of Massachusetts, Lynn Community Health Center and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers at the Lynn Community Health Center in Massachusetts for her focused efforts on improving access and promoting oral health for the most vulnerable in the Commonwealth.

Earlier this year, after six years in the courts and five years of remediation, the Health Care For All v. Romney lawsuit came to a close as the court ended its jurisdiction over the case. Under the leadership of Secretary Bigby, many improvements, outlined here, have been made through the remediation period.

The Patrick-Murray administration has shared a vision with local oral health leaders to ensure that care for children is more patient-friendly and dentist-friendly. The administration has helped realize this vision by increasing fees, including paying dentists an extra fee for caring for Medicaid children. It has also worked to allow non-dental providers to apply varnish and reimburse those that do.

Health Care For All congratulates Secretary Bigby, and looks forward to continued collaboration with the EOHHS as we work to improve access to oral health care for Medicaid adults.

-Courtney Chelo