Dr. Abdul Testifies to the Massachusetts Committee on Public Health
I will not rest until there is access to care for all.
Medicaid is a social health care program for families and individuals with low income and limited resources. Medicare provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system. MassHealth is the state administrator of Medicaid and Medicare.
A summary of Masshealth Dental Coverage
2002 – Cuts Began
2003 – Preventive services (ie cleanings) got cut
2007 – Dental Coverage Resumed.
2010 – Dental cuts again
2014 – You could fill “parts of front teeth”. Later that year, back teeth could be filled too
2015 – You could get dentures
Teeth saving endodontic procedures are still not covered, even today. You still can’t get periodontal treatment. Periodontal disease is associated to heart disease and numerous other chronic illnesses.
A lack of commitment to provide consistent and comprehensive Medicaid and Medicare dental coverage is the true barrier to access for care.