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.