dental care

8:04 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget

State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:23 pm

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.

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Health & Wealth Update
7:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Missouri legislator supports Medicaid coverage for oral health

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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.

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9:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Missouri Medicaid may restore adult dental care

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Missouri lawmakers appear likely to restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousands of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated.

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Health & Wealth Blog
10:41 am
Thu October 27, 2011

New Providers Could Fill Gap in Rural Dental Care

Part of the dental shortage is that few dentists accept Medicaid. In Kansas, it's 25 percent, compared with 90 percent of physicians.

Able to clean teeth, like a hygienist, but also fill cavities like a dentist. If you've never heard of a registered dental practitioner, it's probably because they are only legal in two states, Alaska and Minnesota. Like nurse practitioners, these mid-level providers are aimed at helping underserved rural areas.

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