Menu
Menu

CDA call to action: Urge Congress to approve relief legislation

April 16, 2020 4940

CDA is advocating for support and relief for dentists to allow them to protect their dental practices during the current public health and economic crisis. We ask members to join us by writing to their congressional representatives.

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

Congress is currently negotiating a fourth coronavirus relief package targeted at expanding the assistance to small businesses and health care providers included in the third package, the CARES Act. CDA asks 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 We also request that the decision to limit the EIDL grants to $1,000 per employee be rescinded, as it does not take into account differences in compensation and small businesses were not aware of this limit when applying.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.

Please take action now by sending a letter to your congress member and senators. You may edit the letter to add your personal story, if you wish.

This call to action is only one of many issues that CDA is aggressively advocating on behalf of members. Additional important issues will require members’ voices at the state and federal levels in the coming weeks and months, and CDA will keep you informed through eUpdates and on cda.org.

Thank you for joining CDA in this effort to protect dental practices during the pandemic.

Find the latest COVID-19 news, guidance and FAQ for dentists at CDA's COVID-19 information center.