NADP is tracking recent efforts by the American Dental Association (ADA) and other provider groups to push the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand eligibility for its COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The program makes available $200 million under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 8, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking feedback on a Petition for Partial Reconsideration by the American Hospital Association that asks the Commission to expand the eligibility. Dentists have asked the FCC to allow dental practices, regardless of size, location or for-profit status, to apply for funding, which would go toward teledentistry costs that include office and software upgrades and telemedicine equipment. NADP will inform members if the FCC reconsiders its decision and allows all dentists to apply for the Telehealth Program funds.

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