August / September 2020 Edition
NADP Voices Support for PPE Tax Credit Bill
NADP is lending its support to a bill (H.R. 7216) calling for a $25,000 tax credit for small businesses to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Small Business PPE Tax Credit Act was introduced on June 15 and currently has 36 House cosponsors.
In a July 22 letter to the bill’s sponsors, NADP Executive Director, Eme Augustini, thanked the lawmakers for their leadership on the PPE issue, stating that dental carriers “…believe this bipartisan legislation will offer small businesses, such as dental practices, the ability to obtain PPE that is crucial to protecting themselves, their staff, and their patients against COVID-19 transmission.”
The letter reiterated NADP members’ commitment to assisting providers and dental consumers during the pandemic and to ensuring continuity of care in a safe manner for all dental patients.
In recent months, carriers have implemented financial and other programs to support the purchase of PPE and meet CDC guidance. Despite these efforts by the dental benefits industry to support providers and the resumption of dental care, some dentists continue to feel the economic impact of the pandemic on their businesses and experience difficulty finding and affording PPE.