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HHS Provider Relief Fund webinar set for Aug. 13

Deadline is Aug. 28 to apply

August 11, 2020

By Jennifer Garvin

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Image from HHS
Washington — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold an Aug. 13 webinar to assist dental providers with their applications to receive funding from the department’s Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.

The free webinar will take place at 3 p.m. ET. Preregistration is recommended and providers can also recommend questions they’d like to see answered during the event.

The Provider Relief Fund was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — known as the CARES Act — which directed $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers, particularly those impacted by COVID-19. The portal allows providers to apply for payments made for health care-related expenses or lost revenue attributable to the pandemic. The ADA worked closely with HHS and the Health Resources and Services Administration, which administers the fund, to ensure this funding went to dentists.

The deadline to apply for funding is Aug. 28. Before applying, HHS recommends providers first:

• Read the Provider Distribution Instructions Form.
• Download the Provider Distribution Application Form.

For additional information, visit cares.linkhealth.com and look under the Resources and Support tab.

For more information about the Provider Relief Fund, the ADA has created an FAQ on popular Provider Relief Fund questions the Association has received from dentists. The questions include those on balance or surprise billing, which HHS has clarified to say that dental providers who are not caring for patients with presumptive or actual cases of COVID-19 “are not subject to balance billing prohibitions.” Since most dentists are not caring for patients with active COVID-19 infections, they will not be covered by this bar.

For more information about the ADA’s advocacy efforts during COVID-19, visit ADA.org/COVID19Advocacy.