Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advocacy

The ADA is lobbying Congress and the administration to protect dental patients and staff who are providing urgent and emergency care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ADA is also lobbying to help dental practices stay viable during (and following) prolonged periods of reduced hours or closure.

Priorities include:

  • Improving and adequately funding federal small business disaster aid programs.
  • Exempting dental practices from onerous regulatory burdens.
  • Extending tax relief to impacted dental practices.
  • Providing adequate financial stability for displaced office staff.
  • Alleviating the burden of student loan payments during the emergency period. 
  • Obtaining clinical guidelines to safely and effectively treat dental patients during the outbreak.
  • Securing clear and consistent risk-based guidelines for reopening dental practices.
  • Ensuring personal protective equipment is available when and where it is most needed.
  • Expanding COVID-19 point-of-care testing across the country.

Current policies

View the ADA's official policies on dentistry's role during major disasters and public health emergencies, including the need to recognize dental care as an essential health care service.

Current Policies

For dentists
Find resources to navigate the uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidance about infection control, employment law, obligations to employees, government assistance, and more.

ADA Coronavirus Center for Dentists

For patients

If you are a patient, please visit MouthHealthy.org/virus to learn what to do about emergency, urgent, and scheduled dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In Congress

April 30, 2021—Letter (PDF) to Senators Collins, Portman, and Shaheen thanking them for introducing S. 1200, the Fair PPP Accounting Act, which would adjust the eligibility calculation./p>

April 30, 2021—Letter (PDF) to Representatives Hill and Houlihan thanking them for introducing H.R. 2582, the PPP Revenue Adjustment Calculation to Increase Capital Accessibility Long-term Act (Practical Act), which would adjust eligibility calculation.

April 29, 2021—Letter (PDF) to Senators Baldwin, Cardin, Collins, Lankford, King, Portman, and Marshall thanking them for introducing S. 1232, the PPP Flexibility for Farmers, Ranchers, and the Self-Employed Act, which would allow sole proprietors to use gross rather than net income when applying for PPP loans.

April 19, 2021—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Representatives Axne, Dunn, and Fitzpatrick for sponsoring H.R. 2079, which will remove the negative tax implications of taking Provider Relief Fund money.

March 15, 2021—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Senators Cardin, Collins, and Shaheen as well as Representatives Velazquez, Kim, Bourdeaux, and Luetkemeyer for their leadership on the PPP Extension Act of 2021.

February 19, 2021—Letter (PDF) to the leadership of the House Committee on Small Business and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship laying out the ADA's requests for changes the the second draw of the PPP program.

February 12, 2021—Letter (PDF) to the Congressional leadership on the ADA's requests for the next COVID-19 relief package.

February 1, 2021—Coalition Letter (PDF) from trade associations calling on Congress to include temporary liability protections as a part of any future COVID relief packages.

December 17, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) from national trade associations calling on Congressional Leaders to take action in issuing a technical correction to the PPP program addressing the tax treatment of loan forgiveness.

December 15, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) from medical and dental associations requesting that Congress modify the PPP program to remove limits on the number of employees and lobbying activities placed on 501c6 organizations that are seeking PPP.

December 3, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) to Congressional Leadership urging them to take action to address the tax treatment of PPP deductibility.

November 19, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) to Congressional Leaders requesting that action be taken to streamline the burdensome process for PPP loan forgiveness.

November 19, 2020—Letter (PDF) requesting that Congressional Leaders advance COVID relief legislation in the lame duck session.

September 30, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) Calling on Congressional leaders to take immediate action on additional COVID19 relief to help effected industries and prevent further economic harm.

September 29, 2020—Letter (PDF) Thanking the House Small Business Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access for holding a hearing on PPP loan forgiveness, and notifying them of the importance of PPP loan forgiveness to Dentistry.

September 28, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) asking the congressional leadership to expand eligibility for PPP loans to 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations.

September 10, 2020—Letter (PDF) Thanking Reps Thompson and Smith for holding a hearing on the Consequences of Inaction on COVID 19 Legislation, as well as expressing ADA support for H.R. 7216, the Small Business PPE Tax Credit Act and H.R.7819, the Eliminating Provider Relief Tax Penalties Act.

September 8, 2020—Letter (PDF) Thanking Senators Cramer, Menendez, Tillis, and Sinema for supporting S. 4117 the Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act, which would streamline loan forgiveness for PPP loans under $150,000.

August 28, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Sens. Richard Durbin and Marco Rubio for introducing S. 4055, the Strengthening America's Health Care Readiness Act, which addresses the health workforce shortages and disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic through additional funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), and establishment of a NHSC Emergency Service demonstration project.

August 25, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) supporting H.R. 7819 and S. 4525, which would ensure that all Provider Relief Fund assistance would not be taxable and that all expenses tied to Provider Relief would be tax deductible.

August 20, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Sen. Marsha Blackburn for introducing S. 4525, the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax Penalties Act of 2020, which would reduce the tax burden on health care providers receiving provider relief funding.

August 14, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) asking the Senate Leadership to support S. 4055, Strengthening America's Health Care Readiness Act, which will supplement the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps scholarship & loan repayment programs, along with addressing long-standing health care shortages and bolstering emergency surge capacity through the existing National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).

August 4, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging Congress to amend the CARES Act to ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are exempted from taxable income.

August 3, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Reps. Cindy Axne and Neal Dunn for introducing H.R. 7819, the Eliminating the Provider Relief Fund Tax Penalties Act of 2020, which would reduce the tax burden on health care providers receiving provider relief funding.

July 31, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders ensure that the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) receives adequate funding as a part of COVID-19 relief.

July 31, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging members of the Senate Finance Committee to support several COVID-19-related small business tax credit provisions in S. 4318, the American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance Act.

July 31, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Sens. Marco Rubio and Susan Collins for introducing S. 4321, Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act, which would make 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations eligible to receive PPP loans and provide flexibility to use the funds to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE).

July 30, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging members of the Senate Judiciary Committee advance S. 4317 the Safe to Work Act, providing temporary liability protections during COVID-19.

July 30, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging Congress to support the temporary liability relief in S. 4317, the Safe to Work Act.

July 22, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Rep. Mike Simpson for urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to open provider relief funds to dentists.

July 17, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to include dentistry's requests in the next COVID-19 relief package.

July 10, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging House leaders to include dentistry's requests in the next COVID-19 relief package.

July 10, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging Senate leaders to include dentistry's requests in the next COVID-19 relief package.

July 9, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) expressing support for S. 4117, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Small Business Forgiveness Act, which would forgive PPP loans of less than $150,000 if the borrower completes a simple, one-page forgiveness document.

July 2, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging Congress to make a significant, long-term investment in public health infrastructure by providing $4.5 billion in additional annual funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the state, local, tribal, and territorial public health infrastructure.

July 1, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) expressing support for S. 3612, the Small Business Expense Protection Act, which will ensure that small businesses can deduct eligible Paycheck Protection Program expenses from their taxes.

July 1, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to support nonprofit associations in COVID-19 relief packages, and to pass the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act and the Skills Renewal Act.

July 1, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Reps. Brenda Lawrence, Troy Balderson, Mike Quigley, and John Joyce for introducing H.R. 7216, the Small Business Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Tax Credit Act, which would provide a tax credit for the purchase of PPE for small businesses, including dental practices.

June 25, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to provide a tax exemption for money allocated from the Provider Relief Fund.

June 24, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Reps. Brenda Lawrence, Troy Balderson, Mike Quigley, and John Joyce for introducing H.R. 7216, the Small Business Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Tax Credit Act, which would provide a tax credit for the purchase of PPE for small businesses, including dental practices.

June 15, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Reps. Stephanie Murphy and John Katko for introducing H.R. 6776, the Jumpstarting Our Businesses' Success Credit (JOBS Credit) Act, which would expand and enhance the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

June 8, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging Senate leaders to support adequate Medicaid oral health funding in the next COVID-19 relief package.

June 5, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to support a 90-day suspension of all tariffs on medical products and supplies necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 1, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Sen. Martha McSally for introducing S. 3716, the Main Street Enhancement and Safety Act, which would allow Paycheck Protection Program loans to be used for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment.

May 27, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Reps. Chip Roy and Dean Phillips for introducing H.R. 6886, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which would reform portions of the Paycheck Protection Program.

May 27, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Sens. Marco Rubio, Ben Cardin, Susan Collins, Jeanne Shaheen, and Richard Durbin for introducing S. 3833, the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act, which would extend and reform portions of the Paycheck Protection Program.

May 26, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Reps. Chip Roy and Dean Phillips for introducing H.R. 6886, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which would extend and reform portions of the Paycheck Protection Program.

May 21, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) for his efforts on behalf of Dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 21, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) thanking Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán for her efforts on behalf of dentistry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 19, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to enhance commercial business interruption insurance in the next COVID-19 relief package.

May 11, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to include 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program.

May 7, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee to ensure the loan forgiveness provided under the Paycheck Protection Program is not treated as taxable income.

May 1, 2020—Coalition Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to provide flexibility to use Paycheck Protection Program funds to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 29, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to consider several proposals to help dentists, dental practices, and their patients and staff in the next COVID-19 relief package.

April 28, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to increase health care coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 17, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to adequately fund and make significant improvements to several Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan programs to help small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 14, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging members of the House and Senate small business committees to include 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations in future COVID-19 relief packages.

April 13, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to prioritize the scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPE) in future legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 10, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders to adequately fund and make significant improvements to several Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan programs to help small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 10, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking Rep. Bill Huizenga for sponsoring H.R. 6433, the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020, which would extend a four month federal income tax holiday for health care personnel and other front line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 18, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging congressional leaders and the president to consider several proposals in a third legislative package to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 18, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging Senate leaders to consider several proposals in the third legislative package to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 16, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging Senate leaders to consider several proposals in the third legislative package to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Agencies

August 23, 2021—Letter (PDF) urging OMB to consider the impact a COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard would have on dentistry.

August 23, 2021—Letter (PDF) urging HHS to open future phases of the Provider Relief Fund to dentists. 

July 26, 2021—Comments (PDF) on OSHA's emergency temporary standard for workplace protections against COVID-19.

June 2, 2021—Letter (PDF) thanking the White House for meeting to discuss the impact a potential COVID-19 emergency temporary standard would have in dental settings.

May 6, 2021—Letter (PDF) to the COVID 19 Health Equity Task Force asking that they examine the impact of COVID 19 on the oral health of Americans, and especially those from underserved communities.

April 9, 2021—Letter (PDF) urging the SBA to provide more assistance to dental offices suffering economic stress from COVID 19.

February 1, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) requesting that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) clarify the extent to which employers can offer incentives to encourage employees to get vaccinated.

January 4, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) from the Partnership for Medicaid requesting that CMS make additional policy changes in order to further address the COVID 19 pandemic.

January 4, 2021—Comments (PDF) from the ADA to CMS on Interim Final Rule Regulatory Revisions in Response to COVID 19 Public Health Emergency.

January 4, 2021—Coalition letter (PDF) from the ADA to CMS on Interim Final Rule Regulatory Revisions in Response to COVID 19 Public Health Emergency.

December 16, 2020—Letter (PDF) To FEMA expressing the ADA's concerns regarding the availability of PPE for Dentists and Dental Professionals.

December 16, 2020—Letter (PDF) to HHS requesting that dental practices receive PPE as essential healthcare workers.

December 15, 2020—Comments (PDF) on IRS proposed rule Review of Regulatory and Other Relief to Support Economic Relief

November 30, 2020—Letter (PDF) Congratulating President-Elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Harris on their victory and outlining the ADA's requests of the Biden Administration in the first 100 days.

November 20, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to incorporate dentists into its framework for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.

November 5, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop guidance for programs like the ADA's Give Kids a Smile (GKAS), so as to reassure the public of its safety.

October 23, 2020—Letter (PDF) from the dentist members of Congress asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop guidance on the use of surface disinfectants that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is allowing for temporary emergency use.

September 4, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking the National Academies for recommending that dentists and their teams be placed in the top tier of health care workers who should be afforded early access to a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

September 2, 2020—Testimony (PDF) to the National Academies regarding early distribution of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine when one becomes available.

August 6, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to delay the adjustment in its registration fees.

July 1, 2020—Letter (PDF) requesting guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for providers that are being found ineligible for money through the Provider Relief Fund.

May 11, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extend the grace period for dentists on H-1B visas.

May 6, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to quickly provide guidance on how best to protect dental patients and staff in parts of the country that are recovering from the COVID-19 outbreak.

May 1, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging the Small Business Administration and Department of the Treasury to provide flexibility to use Paycheck Protection Program funds to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 27, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to all dental practices, regardless of size, location, or for-profit status.

April 22, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to authorize dentists to conduct point-of-care testing for COVID-19.

April 17, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide immediate access to capital by releasing funding from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to dentists that are Medicaid providers.

April 17, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to authorize dentists to conduct point-of-care testing for COVID-19.

April 15, 2020—Letter (PDF) thanking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for being flexible in enforcing certain federal environmental compliance obligations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 3, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue clear guidance to help dentists applying for Paycheck Protection Program 7(a) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

March 27, 2020—Public statement (PDF) supporting emergency efforts at the federal level to dramatically increase the production and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary medical equipment and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 24, 2020—Letter (PDF) urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide immediate guidance on how best to protect dental patients and staff from the transmission of COVID-19 during emergency and urgent care situations.

March 18, 2020—Coalition letter (PDF) urging the Department of Labor to exempt small businesses from certain provisions in H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Contacts

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