2017 Legislative Session Agenda
Missouri’s legislature will officially convene January 4, 2017 and adjourns May 12. The following agenda was approved by the MDA's Legislative and Regulatory Committee. In addition to these issues, the MDA's lobbying team will continue to monitor any legislation that would affect your profession. For a full list of the bills we are currently tracking, click here.
Insurance Policy Reforms - Require PPO Listing Updates
The MDA will work with the appropriate agency(s) and/or seek legislation that mandates insurance companies to update their dentist provider list upon official notification of the provider’s change of participation status and/or change of practice address.
CBCT/Panoramic X-ray Systems
The MDA will once again support legislation that changes the current annual inspection requirements of these units to once every six years.
Medicaid Funding - Increase Provider Reimbursement Rates
The MDA will support legislation that would increase the rate at which the state reimburses Medicaid providers that provide dental services.
Medicaid Funding - Maintain/Increase Funding for Adult Dental Services
The MDA will support legislation that would maintain and/or increase the current funding for adult Medicaid dental services.
Dental Hygienist “Extended Access”
The MDA will monitor the MDHA’s continuation of last year’s legislative efforts. The MDA is in opposition to their proposed 2017 legislation as it is currently written.
As a member benefit, all MDA members receive a “Capitol Connection” weekly recap of relevant legislative activity during the legislative session.
Without the MODentPAC, MDA members would not have the ability to establish and maintain solid relationships with the policy makers of this state. Your contributions allowed us to secure the time and attention of key players within the General Assembly in 2017. If you are not a member, you can sign up here to be a monthly contributor or provide a one-time contribution. You can also contribute on your dues statement. MODentPAC supports candidates who support dentistry regardless of party affiliation. (Contributions are made at the recommendation of the MODentPAC Board of Directors.) Learn more at www.modental.org/pac.
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Here you will find information about the MDA legislative agenda as well as related topics and issues for the current session. The association’s continued success is made possible because of the continual and selfless work by the many members of the MDA. We look forward to working with each of you as we work toward another successful session. As a reminder, all MODentPAC contributors receive a weekly legislative report during the legislative session and at specific times throughout the year as legislative developments occur.