PRODUCT ALLERT: a book: 'WELL' by Dr. Sandro Galea R (recommend!) one of the best books on healthwritten. Read as a patient, a doctor , or a legislator
NOTE: If you wish to read the letters written about this bill in the Stow Independent /fall of 2017, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and type "dental therapist letters" in the subject line. The letters will be emailed to you.
2020 STATE (Massachusetts) LEGISLATION WATCH and INSURANCE ISSUES:
(NOTE: 12-2019...this bill is dead for this session of the MA legislature. Information is still interesting...recommend reading it.)
An Act establishing medicare for all in Massachusetts (S683) was introduced this legislative session
SEPTEMBER 2019 (c) OHP4C 2019
2020: recommend to purchase: especially if you are interested in medicare for all on the state or federal level
February 2019/2018 bills to amend McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945: this would force health insurance companies to abide by the federal antitrust laws. (note: health and dental insurance companies are now exempt from these antitrust laws)
This is an ongoing issue that OHP4C will keep on top of...you should too
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April 27, 2018:
Announced this week: there has been an agreement reached between the MA Dental Society, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the MA Senate and House that has resulted in legislation which would establish dental therapists. The legislation/bill has to be passed before July 31, 2018.
Under this legislation dental therapists would have to obtain a bachelors degree followed by Master's level training in dental therapeutics, have at least 50% of their patients be on Medicaid or be considered underserved and would only be able to preform surgical procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist.
OHP4C (formally the Dental Posse) is extremely pleased with this legislative compromise.
The only OHP4C consumer recommendation not fully in this bill: 50% rather than 80% of the underserved.
Thank-you to the MA Senate, House, and the Pew Charitable Trust for taking the time to understand the detriment to all consumers and especially the underserved consumers their original bill would have posed.
This post will stay up until July 31, 2018 (c) OHP4C.com 4/2018
March 2019 TO DATE: Four States in the USA are doing Battle with SMILE DIRECT (a do-it-yourself braces company)
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2020: purchase this with March 2019 article on the subject for the real deal on this subject
March 2019 An INTERESTING LEGAL CASE SETTLED: (c) ohp4c
2020/ you might want to rea this...why dental bills are too high
Tell your family and friends about the OHP4C!.
Rival DENTAL THERAPIST BILLS in MA State Legislature
(H2474/S1169) and (H2820) _(c) OHP4C 2017/18
NEW PRODUCT ALLERT: AMABRUSH: DNB (Do Not Buy) See March 2018 Article for details.
HELPING CONSUMERS ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN ORAL HEALTH
through education, advocacy, and consultation
2020 FEDERAL LEGISLATION WATCH:
DENTAL THERAPIST BILL IS BACK! The 2019 version of the Dental Therapist Bill, on first reading, looks very good. All the compromises and agreements from the 4/27/2018 iteration of a dental therapist bill seem to have been preserved. This bill, S1215(c) OHP4C/ 3/2019
ORAL HEALTH DEFINED: Includes but is not limited to: The ability to speak, smile, taste, touch, chew, swallow, and convey a range of emotions through facial expressions with confidence and free from pain or discomfort, and disease.
(international definition of oral health)
DENTAL THERAPIST BILL / MA 2018/
KILLED BY LEGISLATORS
JULY 31, 2018 The Dental Therapist bill was never taken to the floor of the legislator to be voted on. It was killed... All that work by all the parties of interest was lost. OHP4C will watch this issue again if it surfaces in the next session. Since the "underserved" consumers needs got disregarded by the legislators for another 2 years.
SOME INFO ON WHY OHP4C MADE THE RECOMMENDATIONS IT DID Dr. Valentina Pasquantonio 10/16/17
NOTE: This is an important read if you really want to understand the dental therapist issue.
Late one evening Fred and Dr. Val
had a heated, nose to nose "discussion" about a presentation the doctor was writing. Fred had some strong opinions.
GO TO "ABOUT US" page TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY WERE "DISCUSSING"
PRODUCT ALLERT: Teething Jewelry FDA WARNING DNB!(do NOT buy) See February 2019 article
PRODUCT ALERT: Hager Aquamed DryMouth Spray, Dry Mouth Drops and Chewing gum. All 100% xylitol with no other sugars. R (Recommended). See October 2018 Article for details
Your mouth is connected to your body and your body to your mouth. What happens in one impacts the other.
We each have ONE, WHOLE, INTERGRATED, HUMAN BODY
SMART MOUTH (mouthwash) DNB
(Do Not Buy) See May 2019.
2020 NOTE : there is a lot of interesting and important information about Delta Dental that you should know if you or your company are paying them to insure you:
June 2019: DELTA received an 8.8% decrease in fees they need to pay to the dentists. SO more profits to DELTA. Less money for patients.
Delta Dental of MA is back at the DOI (Division of Insurance) in MA asking for a 10% decrease in fees paid to dentists.
(c) March 2019 ohp4c
including 1/2019 and 12/2017 articles, also what consumer need to know. ET CETERA.
OHP4C's advocacy projects: all the following are available for purchase for a small fee...contact email@example.com for details
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education, advocacy, consultation
PO BOX 1417
Concord MA 01742
DELTA/ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES/ ARE THERE TO MAKE MONEY...NOT TO HELP YOU (consumer or dentist) ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT!
(an important consumer question: Do you pay insurance premiums with the expectaion that the money will be used for your and your family's dental care? OR do you pay pemiums to support a Delta foundation that gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to dental societies and dental schools?...my dental school just got a MILLION DOLLAR grant from Delta...think what your yearly maximum might be if all that money was actually used for the direct dental care the consumers who paid delta expected! )
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