Blog Posts By: Gary Harbison

Using new tech to increase dental care access

May 25, 2017

We live in a time when technological changes are common. These changes induce both anticipation and anxiety. Rapidly changing use of technology is also a constant in our complex health care system. While we have seen increasing use of health care assisted by remote access to health specialists and increasing coordination between health providers over […]

Maintaining oral health is all about access

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February 19, 2016

Missouri 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 the statewide network […]

Adult dental benefits in Missouri Medicaid are moving forward

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January 7, 2016

On 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 for Medicare and […]

Why having a Missouri dental director matters

October 1, 2015

Oral 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 — including the Health […]

Missouri Oral Health Caucus Focuses on Policy and Awareness

February 6, 2013

February 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 Harbison, Executive Director, […]

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