The launch of the enhanced portal followed HHS’ June 9 announcement that said eligible Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program dental providers may apply for relief fund payments. The payment to each provider will be at least 2% of reported gross revenue from patient care, and the final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients the provider serves, according to HHS.
Before applying to receive funding, HHS recommends providers first:
• Read the Medicaid Provider Distribution Instructions Form.
• Download the Medicaid Provider Distribution Application Form.
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 the COVID-19 pandemic.
"While this portal only allows for Medicaid and CHIP providers to apply, the ADA is continuing to work with HHS to distribute additional provider relief funding more broadly to dentists," ADA President Chad P. Gehani said in a June 10 Issues Alert email to members. "We are hopeful for continued progress in this area and plan to share more details when they become available."
For additional information, visit cares.linkhealth.com and look under the Resources and Support tab. There is also an FAQ available for providers.
For more information about the ADA’s advocacy efforts during COVID-19, visit www.ada.org/COVID19Advocacy.