HHS Enhanced Provider Relief Fund

 

As a result of ADA advocacy efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that all dentists are now eligible to receive pandemic relief funding through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The fund, established in June, was previously open only to eligible Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) dental providers.

 

Dentists have until Friday, August 28, 2020 to apply for funding through the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal and approved providers will receive a reimbursement of two percent of their annual reported patient revenue. This money is neither a loan nor a grant, but a payment. It’s unrelated to the Small Business Administration (SBA) loans such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

 

To be eligible to apply, a dental provider must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must not have received payment from the initial $50 billion Medicare-focused General Distribution; and

  • Must not have received payment from the $15 billion Medicaid and CHIP Distribution; and

  • 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); and

  • Must have provided patient dental care after January 31, 2020; and

  • Must not have permanently ceased providing patient dental care directly, or indirectly through included subsidiaries; and

  • 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.

 

HHS will, in part, be using a curated list of dental practice Taxpayer Identification Numbers (TINs) to determine eligibility. Providers with TINs on the curated list must meet other eligibility requirements, including operating in good standing and not being excluded from receiving federal payments. HHS will work to validate applicants that are not on that list. If dentists are concerned they were not on the curated provider list, they will need to have an active, verifiable dental provider TIN and submit their information to the PRF application portal. Any eligible dental providers not on the curated list will undergo additional review and if validated will be permitted to apply for funding.

 

Dentists must provide HHS with requested information in the application and agree to the Terms and Conditions. For questions and help with the application process, please consult the FAQs or contact the HHS Provider Support Line at (866) 569-3522.

 

ADA HHS Provider Relief Fund FAQ