oral health http://kbia.org en Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget http://kbia.org/post/lawmaker-calls-gov-nixon-preserve-dental-benefits-state-budget <span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 1.5;">A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to preserve dental benefits for Medicaid recipients in next year's state budget when he signs the $26.4 billion spending plan into law later this month</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country" data-attribution="Credit Mo. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:04:25 +0000 Marshall Griffin 54294 at http://kbia.org Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health http://kbia.org/post/missouri-legislator-supports-medicaid-coverage-oral-health <p></p><p></p><p>The Missouri House of Representatives has proposed adding $48 million in federal and state funds to next year’s Medicaid budget to cover adult dental care. Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to the additional $48 million, but with some caveats. The money would only be used to pay for preventative dental care, like maintenance and extraction procedures. Part of the $48 million would also go towards paying dentists more for these procedures. Currently, the state only reimburses dentists up to 35 percent of usual and customary costs.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 51389 at http://kbia.org Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health State Dental Director Ray Storm at the helm of Missouri's oral health programs http://kbia.org/post/state-dental-director-ray-storm-helm-missouris-oral-health-programs <p></p><p>While the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion have been the topics du jour in recent weeks, one of the most overlooked aspects of healthcare in the state of Missouri may be oral health. In 2012 <a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/">The Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States</a> issued a report card for all 50 states based on&nbsp;eight benchmarks that they consider important steps to improve and expand access to dental health. Missouri received a grade of C, having met or exceeded only half of those benchmarks.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Katie Hiler 50597 at http://kbia.org State Dental Director Ray Storm at the helm of Missouri's oral health programs New dental school opens in Kirksville http://kbia.org/post/new-dental-school-opens-kirksville <p>A new Kirksville dental school is seeking to ease a shortage of dentists in Missouri.</p><p>The Columbia Missourian reports that the Missouri School of Dentistry &amp; Oral Health opened Tuesday at A.T. Still University. The only other dental school in the state is at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.</p><p>The new dental school&#39;s initial class of 42 includes only nine Missouri residents. But the school hopes that its health center placement program will persuade many of them to remain in state.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:03:35 +0000 Associated Press 41475 at http://kbia.org New dental school opens in Kirksville Does Missouri need a state dental director? http://kbia.org/post/does-missouri-need-state-dental-director <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Missouri General Assembly now has an oral health caucus. Co-chaired by Reps. Donna </span>Lichtenegger<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (R-Jackson) and Jeanne Kirkton (D-Webster Groves), the caucus held its first meeting Monday, Feb. 11. A big item on the caucus' agenda? Reinstating the position of dental director in the state's health department.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:59:14 +0000 Harum Helmy 28831 at http://kbia.org Does Missouri need a state dental director? Why Missouri is falling short on children's dental health http://kbia.org/post/why-missouri-falling-short-childrens-dental-health <p>The Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States<a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/reports/falling-short-85899434875#factsheets" target="_blank"> recently released a report or oral health </a>that didn’t speak too highly of Missouri. On an A through F scale,<a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/state-fact-sheets/missouri-falling-short-85899440191" target="_blank"> it gave the state a D</a> for its efforts to provide access to dental sealants for high-need kids. Dental sealants are plastic coatings put on children’s molars after they first come in that help prevent decay. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:36:26 +0000 Ryan Famuliner 27720 at http://kbia.org Why Missouri is falling short on children's dental health