Dental Providers Now Have Access to More HHS Funds

Many dental providers have successfully applied for, and received, funding under the Medicaid-focused General Distribution that was made possible by the CARES Act. However, those who do not bill Medicare and Medicaid were not so lucky. On July 10, 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will now accept applications from dental providers that were not previously eligible for these funds. Applications can be submitted on the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal at the HHS website. The deadline to apply is July 24, 2020.
To be eligible to apply, a dental provider must meet all of the following requirements:
  1. Must not have received payment from the initial $50 billion Medicare-focused General Distribution.
  2. Must not have received payment from the $15 billion Medicaid and CHIP Distribution.
  3. Must have either (i) filed a federal income tax return for fiscal years 2017, 2018, or 2019; or (ii) be an entity exempt from the requirement to file a federal income tax return and have no beneficial owner that is required to file a federal income tax return. (e.g. a state-owned hospital or healthcare clinic).
  4. Must have provided patient dental care after January 31, 2020.
  5. Must not have permanently ceased providing patient dental care directly, or indirectly through included subsidiaries.
  6. If the applicant is an individual, have gross receipts or sales from providing patient dental care reported on Form 1040, Schedule C, Line 1, excluding income reported on a W-2 as a (statutory) employee.
Additional information can be found here.


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