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ADA Asks Congress To Increase Relief For Dental Practices, Other Small Businesses

Graphic for ADA lobby on 3rd Coronavirus Bill 
The ADA News (3/19, Garvin) reports, “As Congress works on a third legislation package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the ADA is asking lawmakers to include provisions on how to assist dental practices and other small businesses facing economic burdens.” n a March 18 letter, ADA President Chad P. Gehani and Kathleen T. O’Loughlin informed lawmakers that the Association is doing “its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19” by asking dentists nationwide to postpone nonemergency procedures and only treat emergency dental care cases over the next three weeks. Drs. Gehani and O’Loughlin added, “Unfortunately, many dental practices simply do not have the reserves or cannot accommodate the dramatic reduction of cash flow that is required during this partial shutdown.” With this in mind, the ADA is asking Congress to consider several additional legislative proposals to address COVID-19, including “easing and expediting the process for businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the Small Business Administration,” “deferring all monthly payments on federal student loans for all health care professionals, including dentists, without penalty,” and “deferring or eliminating payroll tax matching and payments, as well as deferring quarterly income tax payments for small business owners,” among others.

For a comprehensive FAQ to help explain how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, visit the House Committee on Ways and Means website.

The ADA has created an informational webpage and handout for dentists on the coronavirus disease at ADA.org/virus.

Follow all of the ADA’s advocacy efforts at ADA.org/advocacy

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