News & Updates March 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.

FREE Continuing Education

Dental Public Health 101

Tuesday, Mar. 19; 7-8:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Divesh Byrappagari UDM Associate Professor & Director, Dental Public Health & Outreach

This course is designed to provide an understanding of health equity and disparities in dental care. You'll explore US/Michigan-specific data on various dental health issues and public health interventions for these inequities. An exploration of career opportunities in dental public health, especially in underserved communities and dental public health clinics, will be discussed. Both novice and seasoned clinicians will gain a critical understanding of how dental public health programs are addressing oral healthcare disparities.

Click to register for the Mar. 19 course

Review of CDT 2024 Updates & G0330 OR/ASC Access Code State Successes

Friday, Mar. 22; 12 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Jim Nickman AAPD Dental Benefits & Coding Consultant

This course is offered by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Click to register for the Mar. 22 course

2024 Annual 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.


Advocacy Update

Pictured from left to right: Kris Young, Tom Stephenson, Kim Singh, Chris Farrell, Kim Crabtree, Emily Henderson, Senator Sam Singh, Representative Phil Skaggs, Chardaé Burton, Rick Lantz, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer (center).

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.

State Budget Update

Governor Whitmer’s 2025 Executive Budget Recommendation

On February 7, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan State Budget Director Jen Flood presented Governor Whitmer’s Fiscal Year (FY) 25 Executive Budget Recommendation before a joint meeting of the Michigan Senate and House Appropriations Committees. This presentation jumpstarts budget season in Lansing, where both the House and Senate use the Governor’s recommendation as a guide to negotiate their respective budget proposals and ultimately present a unified budget to the Governor before the statutory deadline of July 1st.


The much-anticipated budget recommendation, which amounts to the largest state budget in Michigan history, was released amidst the January Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference report that indicated the state’s general fund was $500 million higher than expected.


This year’s presentation offers 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. The Governor proposed the following items of interest:

  • $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.
  • $1 million of ongoing funds (a continuation from FY 24) for the University of Detroit Mercy’s Dental Clinic.
  • Continued funding for Medicaid Adult Dental redesign.


Regulatory Update

MDHHS Issues Proposed Changes to Exam Coverage

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a notice of effective policy, beginning 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 the same day.


MDHHS Issues Proposed Policy on Dental Frequency Verification

MDHHS issued Proposed Policy 2403-Dental, which makes changes to the Dental Frequency Verification Process. Effective June 1, 2024, the previous verification process that required providers to obtain a service request number will end and providers must utilize the new function through CHAMPS to ensure the beneficiary is eligible for a crown, complete denture, or partial denture per the five-year rule. Comments on this policy are due by March 22, 2024.


Policy Committee Update

MOHC has begun advocating for Fiscal Year 2025 budget priorities, which includes supporting the Governor’s Executive Recommendations for a $2.5 million increase in funding for Kindergarten Oral Health Assessments.


Please reach out to Emily Henderson with questions.

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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. Become a partner or member today!

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