All dentists can apply by Aug. 3 for federal Provider Relief Funds


Dentists now have until Aug. 28 to apply for financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal. 

The Provider Relief Funds, which provides eligible dentists a reimbursement of 2 percent of their annual reported patient revenue, were allocated by the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

HHS first launched the portal in June to provide relief to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care and CHIP providers who are experiencing a loss in revenue or increased expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but on July 10, HHS opened the provider relief portal to dentists who have not previously received support from the Medicaid-focused General Distribution. 

To support payments to dental providers who may not bill Medicare or Medicaid, HHS developed a curated list of dental practice TINs from third-party sources and HHS datasets. HHS used those datasets to identify eligible dental providers.

In April and May, funds were made available to hospitals, rural clinics, Medicare providers and other health care providers directly responding to COVID-19. Subsequent funding was expanded to reach a broader group of health care providers such as Medicaid providers and, now, dentists. Since the Provider Relief Fund’s inception, CDA has been aggressively advocating with congressional leaders to make the funds available to all dentists affected by COVID-19.

Requirements for eligibility

To be eligible to apply, a dental provider must meet all of the following requirements:
1.    Must not have received payment from the initial $50 billion Medicare-focused General Distribution.
2.    Must not have received payment from the $15 billion Medicaid and CHIP Distribution.
3.    Must have either (i) filed a federal income tax return for fiscal years 2017, 2018 or 2019 or (ii) be an entity exempt from the requirement to file a federal income tax return and have no beneficial owner that is required to file a federal income tax return (e.g., a state-owned hospital or health care clinic).
4.    Must have provided patient dental care after Jan. 31, 2020.
5.    Must not have permanently ceased providing patient dental care directly, or indirectly through included subsidiaries. 
6.    If the applicant is an individual, must have gross receipts or sales from providing patient dental care reported on Form 1040, Schedule C, Line 1, excluding income reported on a W-2 as a (statutory) employee.

The HHS is regularly updating its FAQ to provide more details about the funding, and CDA will continue to pursue clarification on the requirements for accessing the funds.  

To apply or learn more, visit the Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal. Also find general information about the fund at the HHS’ Provider Relief Fund webpage.

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