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MDS Sends Letter to BORID

MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon has sent a letter on behalf of all members to the Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) advocating against enhanced penalties for dentists who employ dental staff practicing with an expired license or without a license. The MDS has always strongly urged our members and their staff to comply with all rules and regulations set forth by BORID.
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Volunteer Vaccinator Sites

The MDS is pleased to announce that there are several opportunities for dental professionals to volunteer at COVID-19 vaccination drives. We have compiled a list of these, as well as training resources, on our COVID-19 vaccine webpage. The list will be updated as new volunteer and training opportunities are identified.
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Vaccine Update

All patient-facing dental personnel became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1 on January 21. The MDS urges dental professionals and their and patients and families to use the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's vaccine location map to find available sites and appointment times.

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MassHealth Adult Benefits

The MassHealth Dental Program restored adult dental benefits effective January 1, 2021, due to the work of advocates and the legislature in Massachusetts. MassHealth members over the age of 21 are now able to access a greater number of dental services, including root canals and crowns, in addition to other important services such as preventive and partial/complete dentures, which were previously covered. 

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2021 Officers

The House of Delegates elected a new slate of Officers for 2021-2022, including Dr. Abe Abdulwaheed as Vice President, a general dentist in Quincy and former South Shore District Trustee, at its January 27 meeting, and passed three resolutions, including one approving a full-time dental school faculty dues discount.

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MDS Book Club

The MDS Dentist Health and Wellness Committee invites members to join its recently launched MDS Book Club! Turn off the TV, put down the phone, dust off your reading glasses, and pick up a good book. Meetings are held via Zoom to discuss the selection and allow some socializing with colleagues.

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