COVID-19: Phase 4 Federal Relief Legislation

Dentists: Urge Congress to increase assistance for health care providers in federal relief legislation

CDA is advocating for support and relief targeted at dentists to allow them to protect their dental practices during this public health and economic crisis. This support includes grants, prospective payments and long-term, no-interest business continuity loans to help members and staff mitigate damage from loss of income. As part of this aggressive advocacy, members are asked to send their Congressional representatives the below letter to help alleviate the challenges facing small-business owners and their employees.

Congress is currently negotiating a fourth Coronavirus relief package, this one targeted at expanding the assistance to small businesses and health care providers included in the third package, the CARES Act. CDA is asking you to contact your member of Congress to urge them to provide additional funding for Small Business Administration loans (especially the Paycheck Protection Program) so that more small-business owners can receive SBA relief funds.

Specifically, we are asking Congress to:

  • Replenish and increase the funding for PPP loans, EIDL loans and EIDL grants before they run dry, leaving many business owners without needed resources
  • Provide targeted SBA funds for small businesses that employ fewer than 10 employees (over 80% of California dental offices)
  • Streamline the SBA loan application process because many dentists report having great difficulty in accessing available loans and grants. We also request that the decision to limit the EIDL grants to $1,000 per employee be rescinded, as this does not take into account differences in compensation and small businesses were not aware of this limit when applying.
  • Direct federal relief to vulnerable health care providers, including dentists, in the same way relief funds were given to hospitals in the CARES Act.

You may edit the letter to add your personal story, if you wish.

Stay tuned for more action alerts on our other priorities around the COVID-19 response in the coming weeks.