Despite Students’ Best Efforts, MassHealth Adult Dental Services Slashed

June 8, 2010 in Legislative News

On May 26, students from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) flocked to the Massachusetts State House to speak with state senators about the proposed budget cuts to MassHealth adult dental benefits. In cooperation with representatives from the Massachusetts Dental Society, Health Care For All, and the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce, GSDM students were briefed on the key points they needed to communicate to the senators. They were then broken into small groups and given a… More

Proposed State Budget Cuts Could Impact Patient Care and Clinical Education at GSDM

April 27, 2010 in Legislative News

On April 14, the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways & Means released a fiscal year 2011 budget which calls for cuts to MassHealth adult dental benefits. These cuts would eliminate restorative services for the 700,000 adults on MassHealth and leave extractions as the only course of treatment for those in need of dental care. Although preventative services are protected, denying these benefits will cause pain and suffering and force many to use emergency services, which will only serve to diminish… More


February 10, 2010 in Community, Legislative News, People, Research, School News

The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine will be officially canceling all evening classes and evening clinics due to the impending snow storm. Specifically, this will include all classes that begin after 4:15 p.m. The predoctoral patient treatment centers will be canceling the 4:15 and 5:00 sessions, the 7th Floor AEGD clinic will be canceling all appointments starting after 4 p.m., and the 930 Commonwealth Avenue Dental Health Center will be canceling appointments after 5 p.m. The postdoctoral… More

Dental Students and Professionals Head to the State House

May 26, 2009 in Legislative News

On May 20, the Massachusetts Dental Society held its annual Beacon Hill Day, where dentists from across Massachusetts gathered at the State House to meet with their elected representatives. In February, the MDS released their Call to Action, a five-year plan that aims to improve oral health across the Commonwealth. Beacon Hill Day coincides with the beginning of the 2009-2010 session at the State House and this event provided participants with an opportunity to emphasize the importance of the Call to… More

ASDA Students Lobby For Dental Issues

March 3, 2009 in Legislative News, School News

Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM) members of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) traveled to Washington, DC in February to participate in National Dental Student Lobby Day, an event co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and ASDA. Trip participants included ASDA Co-Legislative Liaisons Brian Nelson DMD 10 and Derrick Call DMD 12, as well as ASDA members Courtney Brady DMD 11, Mike Visser DMD 10, Gary Nord DMD 10, and Heather Parsons DMD 11. Participants… More

Science News Seeks Opinion of Dr. Dana Graves

August 22, 2007 in Community, Legislative News, Research

Dr. Dana T. Graves, professor of periodontology and oral biology, discusses recent discoveries regarding the influence of bone cells on energy metabolism leading to type 2 diabetes in this week’s issue of Science News."The fact that bone cells regulate energy metabolism, and that they do it through osteocalcin, is a major finding," he says in the article. "This could also have important ramifications for cardiovascular disease because of the effect on metabolic syndrome." Graves’ recent research has focused on how… More

Dean Frankl Speaks at State House on MassHealth

January 25, 2007 in Legislative News

Dean Spencer N. Frankl spoke at the State House Monday as part of a campaign organized by Health Care for All‘s Oral Health Advocacy Task Force to restore dental benefits under MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program. Dental benefits were cut from the state budget in spring 2002 by then-Governor Jane Swift. Budget negotiations in the House closed April 29 without restoring the benefits; as a result of Health Care for All’s lobbying, the Senate Ways and Means Committee restored dental… More

ASDA Students Lobby on Capitol Hill

December 28, 2006 in Legislative News

BUSDM’s American Student Dental Association (ASDA) joined more than 170 dental students from across the country in Washington, DC April 5 and 6 for the 2005 National Student Lobby Day. Representatives David Blackburn DMD 06, Britt Soden DMD 06, Monika Srivastava DMD 07, Elisa Sin DMD 07, and Chrys Constantinou DMD 08 lobbied U.S. congressmen to support legislation that permits refinancing consolidated student loans and provisions that allow borrowers to deduct the full amount of interest paid on income taxes…. More

Dean Frankl Speaks at Third Annual Beacon Hill Day

December 22, 2006 in Legislative News

Dr. Spencer N. Frankl, dean of BUSDM and chair of the Oral Health Collaborative of Massachusetts, spoke June 8 to lawmakers and oral health professionals at the Third Annual Beacon Hill Day sponsored by the Massachusetts Dental Society. Frankl discussed the 2005 Massachusetts Oral Health Report, which summarizes the oral health status of Massachusetts residents. This year’s report, focusing on children’s oral health, was the second such report for the state. “Unfortunately,” said Dean Frankl, the "report’s disappointing findings underscore… More