Dr. Meena's Blog

Posts for: June, 2013


Finally some good news! The Massachusetts Senate restored coverage for dental fillings for MassHealth members. The issue is before the conference committee. Hopefully, it will pass this final hurdle as well. The Senate allocated $13 million to the MassHealth line item to restore coverage for dental fillings for MassHealth members. Senator Harriette Chandler led a group of senators to push for the increase. Limits in current coverage often force patients to choose between enduring months (or years) of dental pain due to untreated cavities, or undergoing the only covered treatment: tooth extraction.  Now the issue is before the conference committee, where both the House and the Senate have strong provisions to restore coverage for fillings. I support full funding of the benefit through the appropriations process for MassHealth dental care. Let's hope the good Senators get it done.