Blog Posts By: Gary Harbison


Maintaining oral health is all about access

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February 19, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinMissouri is experiencing a renaissance in attention to oral health policy. Champions in the state legislature are working to ensure oral health policy is a relevant topic through legislation and through the oral health caucus. The Coalition’s annual oral health policy conference brings fresh innovation to the dialog inside and outside of […]

Adult dental benefits in Missouri Medicaid are moving forward

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January 7, 2016


Tweet Share Share PinOn Tuesday of this week, Governor Jay Nixon made an announcement that oral health advocates, dental providers and – most importantly – adults currently eligible for MO HealthNet (Missouri Medicaid) have longed to hear: Missouri will provide MO HealthNet adult dental benefits. Now we must wait up to 90 days for the Centers […]

Why having a Missouri dental director matters

October 1, 2015


Tweet Share Share PinOral health advocates have worked together over the past several years to achieve momentum to improve the oral health of Missouri. A key goal has been to ensure that Missouri has a state dental director. The Missouri Coalition for Oral Health has garnered support from elected officials, advocates, health care foundations — […]

Missouri Oral Health Caucus Focuses on Policy and Awareness

February 6, 2013


Tweet Share Share PinFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and we can’t think of a better time to discuss next week’s Oral Health Caucus in Missouri, ranked one of the worst states for access to oral health care. Gary Harbison examines the cause of the Caucus and some possible outcomes for Missouri. By Gary […]


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