Dentists Now Have Until September 13 to Apply for HHS Relief Funds

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Dentists now have until September 13 to use the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal to apply for relief funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Qualified healthcare service and support providers including dental practices can use funding for appropriate expenses, lost revenue due to the pandemic, or to help uninsured Americans get testing and treatment for COVID-19.

These payments do not have to be repaid to the United States government, as long as providers comply with their terms and conditions. Eligible dentists include:

  • Those who billed Medicare fee-for-service between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019
  • Medicare Part A providers who experienced a change in ownership and billed Medicare fee-for-service in 2019 or 2020 that prevented the otherwise eligible provider from receiving Phase 1 General Distribution payment
  • Those who billed Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) programs or Medicaid managed care plans for health-related services between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019
  • Those who billed a health insurance company for oral healthcare-related services as a dental service provider
  • Licensed dental service providers who do not accept insurance and who have billed patients for oral healthcare-related services

To be eligible, applicants also must meet all of the following requirements:

• Filed a federal income tax return for fiscal years 2017, 2018, and 2019 or be exempt from filing a return

  • Provided patient care after January 31, 2020
  • Did not permanently cease providing patient care directly or indirectly
  • Did not receive a previous General Distribution payment totaling approximately 2% of annual patient revenue
  • For individuals, reported on Form 1040 or another tax form gross receipts or sales from providing patient care

The receipt of funds from the Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Administration does not preclude providers from eligibility.

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