Category: Legislative News

Despite Students’ Best Efforts, MassHealth Adult Dental Services Slashed

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, […]

Dental Students and Professionals Head to the State House

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 […]

ASDA Students Lobby For Dental Issues

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 […]

Science News Seeks Opinion of Dr. Dana Graves

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 […]

Dean Frankl Speaks at State House on MassHealth

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 […]

ASDA Students Lobby on Capitol Hill

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 […]

Dean Frankl Speaks at Third Annual Beacon Hill Day

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. […]