Primary care providers can now help prevent tooth decay in their MassHealth patients! MassHealth is implementing this new statewide initiative that allows all primary care providers to apply fluoride varnish on children’s teeth. The initiative began on October 1st and we expect providers to treat over 6,000 MassHealth children in the first year alone. The purpose of applying fluoride varnish is to prevent cavities in children at risk. Fluorides have been used for many years to help prevent dental decay. Fluoride varnish provides an added benefit of protection for children at risk for dental decay and is fast and easy to apply. Providers can apply fluoride varnish as part of an oral health risk assessment and then refer children to MassHealth dentists. Click here to lookup MassHealth Dental Providers.
This initiative is part of the remedy phase of the successful HCFA v. Romney lawsuit brought by Health Law Advocates and Greater Boston Legal Services on behalf of HCFA and Massachusetts consumers.
Georgia J. Maheras, JD, MTS
Staff Attorney – HLA