April 2020


CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Includes Dentists

On Friday, April 23 President Trump signed H.R.266 the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act” into law, extending stimulus programs from the CARES Act. The law adds an additional $484 billion to the initial $2.2 trillion CARES package, with most new funds going to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund.

Additionally, HHS Secretary Alex Azar confirmed for the first time on April 22 that dentists will be included in the next tranche of spending from the $100 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. While dentists will not be eligible for relief from the “general allocation” (which requires a provider to accept Medicare fee-for-service patients), they will have a separate allocation, receiving “targeted funding for skilled nursing facilities, dentists, and providers that solely take Medicaid for relief,” according to information from HHS on the Department’s information page.


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