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Oral Health: Advocates Prepared to Make Them See RED

Oral Health: Advocates Prepared to Make Them See RED

April 8, 2013

Oral Health Advocacy Task ForceTomorrow (Tuesday, April 9), advocates will convene at the State House in support of Restoring Essential Dental benefits to MassHealth.

Oral health is full body health. So, why would Massachusetts – the state that pioneered universal healthcare for all residents – slash dental benefits for those that need it most? The answer is easy, budget cuts. Please plan to join HCFA and the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce at the State House tomorrow at 1:00 pm as the Joint Committee on Public Health hears An Act to Restore MassHealth Adult Dental Benefits. To ensure that we are seen and heard, we are asking all of those who attend the event to wear RED in support of restoration.

Oral health is overall health, and dental insurance is health insurance! The legislative budget process gets underway on Wednesday, so tomorrow’s hearing is the perfect opportunity to tell the legislature that we cannot let budget cuts hinder health of Massachusetts residents!
-Courtney Chelo