10 provisions the ADA is calling on dentists to demand from upcoming pandemic relief package

The American Dental Association sent an email Aug. 6 to members enrolled in its Legislative Action Center, urging them to ask their legislators to back certain provisions in the next federal COVID-19 relief bill.

The key provisions ADA outlined in its message:

  • Tax credits for small businesses to purchase personal protective equipment

  • Temporary liability protection for small businesses following public health guidelines

  • Allowing 501(c)(6) organizations to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans

  • Allowing borrowers to use PPP loans to purchase PPE or take out more funds

  • Allowing PPP borrowers to use the Employee Retention Tax Credit

  • Ensuring all funds from the HHS' Provider Relief Fund are not categorized as taxable income

  • Increased funding for Medicaid and protection for Medicaid dental benefits

  • Tax credits, expanded student loan repayment and federal grant for healthcare professionals to work in underserved communities

  • Funding for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

  • Investment in the public health infrastructure

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