MassHealth is a state-funded program and, as such, is subject to annual budget decisions. The Massachusetts state budget runs on a fiscal-year cycle that begins on July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year. MassHealth adult dental benefits have been a frequent target over the past years, with significant benefit reductions that have created havoc for patients and providers. While adult restorative dental benefits were reinstated in 2014 and some additional periodontal benefits will be restored effective April 22, 2019—crowns and root canals are still not covered. These are steps in the right direction but the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) will continue to advocate to legislators for full reinstatement of all adult dental benefits.

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