|The mission of the Maine Dental Access Coalition is to advocate for and improve access to quality preventative and comprehensive oral health care for all Maine people. |
Fund for a Healthy Maine Under AttackOral health takes a big hit!
The Governor's budget dismantles the Fund and the special legacy it provides to the people of Maine. Recognizing the tremendous opportunity Maine's tobacco settlement presented, the Legislature designed the Fund specifically to ";supplement not supplant"; General Fund expenditures. But for the first time since the Fund was created, the Governor's budget eliminates this protection and uses the Fund to fill budget gaps, flying in the face of a decade of bipartisan legislative support. For more reasons about why this is such a bad idea for Maine go here.
What this means for oral health funding is a $1.2 million cut, the dismal details are here .
There will be a hearing all day on this Friday, the 11th on these cuts before a joint committee of Health and Human Services and Appropriations. There will be a press conference, organized by the Friends of the Fund for a Healthy Maine, at 9:00 AM in the Hall of Flags. You are urged to attend!
If you can't make it in person, contact your legislators by phone or email. Find your Representative here and you Senator here