Public Policy / Advocacy


The Coalition forms a public policy agenda through consensus. Below is the policy agenda revised in 2016.

Improvement of MO HealthNet by implementing best practices and system improvements to increase provider participation and MO HealthNet participant usage 

Comprehensive dental benefits in MO HealthNet 

Protection and expansion of public water system fluoridation   Water Fluoridation: A Community Toolkit Fluoridation Policy Statement

Expansion of access to dental sealants for children without routine dental care Sealant Policy Statement

Inclusion of a comprehensive dental benefit in Medicare  

Implementation of a statewide public awareness campaign about the importance of oral health to overall health 

Strengthening provider networks and expansion of service delivery of dental care for high-risk, vulnerable, MO HealthNet and uninsured populations, including people with disabilities and special health care needs 

 Incorporation of oral health in the patient-centered medical home

Good oral health is essential to overall health

Integration and coordination of oral health with primary medical care 

Inclusion of robust oral health benefits as implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward in Missouri  


Previously on the Coalition's Policy Agenda and accomplished – 

*Reinstatement of MO HealthNet dental benefits for adults, including prevention and treatment 
Policy Statement on Reinstatement of MO HealthNet Adult Dental Benefits 

*Reinstatement of the Dental Director position at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Dental Director Policy Statement

 *Establishment of an oral health caucus in the Missouri General Assembly.