News & Updates April 2024

The Michigan Oral Health Coalition (MOHC) works to create a large, interconnected network of national, state and local advocates dedicated to working collaboratively on advocacy, education and awareness of oral health. We strive to keep our members informed on topics relevant to today's oral health advocates. The mission of MOHC is to equitably optimize oral health for all Michiganders.

2024 Annual MOHC Conference

Join us for the Michigan Oral Health Coalition Annual Conference to discover the newest developments and initiatives in Michigan's oral and public health sectors. This multi-faceted program covers a range of timely topics.  

On the opening day, expert speakers will shed light on dental care best practices for individuals living with developmental and intellectual disabilities as well as those with HIV. We'll also delve into the latest workforce trends, explore value-based care innovations, discuss the impact of autonomous vehicles on dental care, and introduce the newly implemented Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment. 

The second day will pivot towards linking mental and oral health, keep you updated on advocacy changes, and detail changes to Medicaid dental benefits.


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Over the past 19 years, MOHC has advocated for policies and programs that improve oral health for all Michiganders. Together, we share our vision that all Michiganders have the knowledge, support, and care they need to achieve optimal oral health.

Our partnership and membership options provide the foundation for MOHC to pursue its mission to optimize oral health for all Michiganders equitably.

Join us as a 2024 partner or member and become an integral part of shaping the future of oral health in Michigan!

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Advocacy Update

State Budget Update

Legislature Continues to Work on FY 25 Budgets

The Michigan State Legislature continues to chip away at crafting their respective Fiscal Year 2024-2025 budget recommendations in the House and Senate.


Both the House and Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittees have been taking stakeholder feedback and input on the budget as Chairwomen Senator Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) and Representative Christine Morse (D-Texas Township) finalize their recommendations.


In February, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Budget presentation offered an $80.7 billion budget recommendation that includes a general fund total of $14.3 billion and a School Aid Fund total of $19 billion. Notable items in the Executive Recommendation included:

  • $4.26 million ($2.5m increase from FY 24) for Kindergarten Oral Health Assessments
  • $3 million (a continuation from FY 24) to maintain ambulatory surgery center/outpatient hospital rates for dental services
  • $200,000 (a continuation from FY 24) for the Michigan Dental Association’s volunteer dental program
  • Continued funding for Medicaid Adult Dental redesign


MOHC supports the Governor’s Executive Recommendations listed above as well as additional items outlined in our Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Budget Priorities document. Notable items not included in the Executive Recommendation include:

  • $500,000 to expand the SEAL! Michigan program
  • $750,000 to increase dental access in Northern Michigan
  • $3.3 million in funding for Safety Net Dental Providers
  • $4 million in increased funding for the University of Detroit Mercy Dental Clinic
  • $44.7 million to increase the Medicaid Anesthesia Conversion Factor to increase reimbursement rates for anesthesiologists


We expect to see updated revenues for the upcoming fiscal year in mid-May during the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC). The House and Senate will negotiate their respective budget proposals throughout the spring and ultimately present a unified budget to the Governor before the statutory deadline of July 1st.

Legislative Update

Ceremonial Signing of Senate Bill 280

On February 6, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ceremonially signed Senate Bill 280, legislation to remove the sunset on kindergarten oral health assessments.


Regulatory Update

MDHHS Announces Comprehensive Health Care Program Contracts

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) awarded Comprehensive Health Care Program contracts for Michigan’s Medicaid Health Plans across the state’s ten Prosperity Regions. A full breakdown of which plans cover which region in the state can be found here.


MDHHS Issues Proposed Changes to Exam Coverage

MDHHS issued a notice of effective policy, which began on March 1, 2024, that makes changes to comprehensive and periodic exam coverage in conjunction with full mouth debridement. This is to better align with the American Dental Association (ADA) and Current Dental Terminology (CDT) guidance.


MMP 24-02 states that a full mouth debridement is a benefit for those aged 14 and over once every 365 days and may be performed the same day as a comprehensive or periodic oral evaluation when all components of the evaluation have been completed and recorded. Full mouth debridement is not a covered benefit when performed on the same date of service as a comprehensive periodontal evaluation or when a prophylaxis is completed on the same day.

Policy Committee Update

MOHC continues to advocate for Fiscal Year 2025 budget priorities, which include supporting the Governor’s Executive Recommendations for a $2.5 million increase in funding for Kindergarten Oral Health Assessments, among other member priorities. We continue to ask our members to meet with their legislative officials in-district to discuss these priorities.

Department of Insurance and Financial Services Bulletins


Please reach out to Emily Henderson at with questions.

FREE Continuing Education

Oral Health 101

Monday, Apr 22 at 12:00 p.m.


Bridget Walsh, MPH; Kasey Wilson, MSW; Laura (Hale) Brannon

Co-Hosted by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and Community Catalyst

Whether you’re an advocate new to oral health or a dental provider interested in learning more about oral health policy, this webinar is intended to provide you with the foundation you need to understand and engage around the importance of oral health, what the barriers to oral health care are, and how oral health policy directly impacts people’s health. Come join us for an overview on how oral health is connected to physical, mental, and economic health, how dental care is delivered and paid for in the U.S., and how the current system leaves out many communities.

Click to register for the April 22 course

Pain Management in Dentistry

Available Anytime

Three one-hour training modules are being offered that meet Michigan's Licensure requirement of board-approved continuing education for pain and symptom management.

Click to register for the training courses