An Important Message from OHAT!
Hello, Oral Health Advocates!
Tuesday’s hearing on An Act to Restore MassHealth Adult Dental Benefits was a success! Despite the 23 other bills being heard, our advocates filled more than a third of the hearing room wearing red, donning stickers, and testifying on three excellent panels calling for the immediate restoration of MassHealth adult dental benefits. Thank you to everyone for sticking it out for three hours in a hot, crowded hearing room for the chance to show your support!
Legislators have already indicated that they’ve taken note of the strong support at the hearing.
Now it is time to turn our attention to the budget. The House Ways & Means committee released their budget yesterday, and while it included level-funding at $1.4M for the Department of Public Health’s Office of Oral Health (line item 4512-0500), the proposal does not included language to restore MassHealth adult dental benefits.
Representative Scibak is filing an amendment for full restoration of MassHealth adult dental benefits effective January 1, 2014. It is critical that we demonstrate broad support. Here’s how you can help:
Thank you for all that you do!
Contacting Your Representative
Five minutes will make a big difference!
But you need to act quickly. Your Representative needs to contact Representative Scibak by NOON tomorrow, Friday, April 12th, so they need to hear from you TODAY!
Calling your Representative is easy and effective – here’s how:
Thank you for taking the time to make your calls this afternoon!
Please contact Courtney Chelo at 617-275-2935 or email@example.com or Rebekah Fiehn 617-988-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how it went. The more we know about who has committed to sign on, the better we can target our efforts.
(Not sure who your Representative is? Click here to find out.)