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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1562         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1529

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John W. Scibak

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to adult dental restoration.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Harriette L. Chandler

 

Peter V. Kocot

1st Hampshire

Stephen R. Canessa

12th Bristol

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

26th Middlesex

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex and Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Jennifer L. Flanagan

 

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

Alice K. Wolf

25th Middlesex

Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

James B. Eldridge

 

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Brian M. Ashe

2nd Hampden

Gale D. Candaras

 

Harold P. Naughton, Jr.

12th Worcester

Ellen Story

3rd Hampshire

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

William Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Theodore C. Speliotis

13th Essex

William N. Brownsberger

 


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1562        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1529

By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1529) of Harriette L. Chandler and others relative to the restoration of oral health benefits for MassHealth recipients.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to adult dental restoration.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. The General Court hereby finds that:

             

              (a)              Oral Health is Overall Health;

              (b)              left untreated, dental decay causes pain and suffering to thousands of adults, negatively impacts the health and well being of children and families, and has a significant effect on our workforce and business community;

              (c)              dental cleanings and extractions alone are not adequate care. Dental decay is a bacterial infection and the only way that you can stop this infection from spreading and affecting health is with comprehensive care; and,

              (d)              cuts to oral health coverage wastes millions in extensive and costly services in emergency and inpatient hospital settings due to dental infections.

             

             

              SECTION 2. Item 4000-0300 of section 2 of chapter 131 of the acts of 2010 is hereby amended by striking the words "provided further, that such plan may include, but not be limited to, limiting, eliminating or otherwise restructuring services delivered to adult members of the MassHealth program" and inserting in place thereof the  following words:- provided further, that such plan may include, but not be limited to, limiting, eliminating or otherwise restructuring services, other than dental services, delivered to adult members of the MassHealth program.

             

              SECTION 3. Section 145 of said chapter 131 of the acts of 2010 is hereby repealed.

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