PITTSFIELD -- MassHealth will restore adult dental coverage on March 1, according to Berkshire County's lawmakers.

The coverage will apply to more than 800,000 low-income adults across Massachusetts, including 120,000 senior citizens and 180,000 people with disabilities, according to a joint news release from lawmakers.

In 2010, cuts to MassHealth restricted dental coverage to cleanings, screenings, extractions and very limited fillings for just the front teeth. On March 1, MassHealth patients will begin to receive more complete care of all teeth resulting in fewer infections, extractions and people using emergency rooms for dental care, according to the news release. Oral health care is a crucial function of maintaining overall good health.

The Berkshire legislative delegation -- Sen. Benjamin B. Downing and Reps. Gailanne M. Cariddi, Paul W. Mark, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and William "Smitty" Pignatelli -- said destoring this coverage has been a joint priority for them.


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