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Dental Pilot Project Funds Withheld

A pilot project allowing rural health clinics to offer dental services through cooperative agreements with community dentists has now been put on hold due to recent budget restrictions. MARHC successfully advocated for $1.25 million in the fiscal year 2016 budget for this pilot project, which was designed to expand access to oral healthcare services in underserved areas. After the budget’s passage, MARHC began working with the Missouri Dental Association to connect dentists and rural health clinics interested in developing partnerships. Unfortunately, the pilot was included in the $46 million that Governor Nixon announced he is withholding from the budget. These budget restrictions came as t

Managed Care Task Force Holds First Hearing

The Task Force for Examining Statewide Medicaid Delivery Models held its first meeting on October 20. The Missouri legislature created this task force in the fiscal year 2016 budget as part of the language that expands managed care statewide for the patient populations currently covered by managed care in the I-70 corridor. The language in the budget is fairly broad, which has sparked debate over the most effective model of managed care and how it should be implemented. Legislators and members of provider groups, healthcare associations, and managed care companies were appointed to the task force. You can view a full list of members here. Its official charge is to “develop a strategy for imp

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