The burden of dental disease disproportionately affects low-income residents, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, seniors in long-term care, and those living in rural areas and inner cities. HCFA is helping lead a new coalition, the Dental Care for Mass Coalition. The coalition is supporting Massachusetts legislation, S. 1118/ H. 249, which would authorize dental hygiene practitioners, a midlevel professional that is similar to physician assistants on a medical team, in Massachusetts. These providers would increase dental access for vulnerable populations and make health care spending more efficient.
The Dental Care for Mass Coalition includes: Health Care For All; Massachusetts Hospital Association; Forsyth Institute; Mass Senior Action Council; Community Catalyst; Health Imperatives; Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.; Mass Home Care; Massachusetts Adult Day Services Association; Stand for Children; The Pew Charitable Trusts; National Alliance On Mental Illness of Massachusetts; and the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance.