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Issue Position: Oral Health

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I currently serve as the House Chair of the first Oral Health Legislative Caucus in the nation. The Caucus' mission is to educate the members of the Legislature on the importance of good oral health, its connection to overall health, and to develop legislative and budgetary strategies to create and improve oral health policy. Since the Caucus' inception, it has successfully advocated for a variety of legislation aiming to increase access to and improve oral health in Massachusetts. This session, I have filed legislation to require Commonwealth Care to provide dental coverage to all enrolled individuals, legislation to restore adult dental in Masshealth, and legislation that would fluoride varnish service- an extremely effective preventative measure- in all health insurance coverage.

In addition to working to expand dental benefits, the Caucus has successfully worked to create and fund a pilot program to provide oral health screenings, education and care to preschool aged children living in Hampden County. I am proud of the accomplishments of the Caucus thus far and look forward to creating strong, innovative public policy to protect and enhance the oral health of the people of the Commonwealth.


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