Advocacy News   August 18, 2020

HHS Provider Relief Fund - Apply by Aug. 28


The deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Provider Relief Fund has been extended to Aug. 28. Through this relief payment, dental providers could receive up to 2% of patient revenue regardless of a previous disbursement.

Meant as a way to cover expenses or lost revenue “attributable to coronavirus,” this fund was recently opened to include dentistry. Unlike a loan, this is program provides funds that do not need to be repaid, as long as the terms and conditions are met.

Here is a helpful FAQ from the ADA about the fund. To learn more about eligibility, and to apply click here.

From the Health Resources & Service Administration:


Up to 2% of patient revenue regardless of a previous disbursement.

Many health care providers are experiencing significant financial hardships in the COVID-19 pandemic. Congress provided $175 billion in relief funds to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to deliver financial relief to hospitals and other health care providers, including those on the front lines of the coronavirus response. Since March, HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has been distributing the funds to various providers in phases to support their increased healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue that are attributable to COVID-19; and to reimburse claims for the testing and treatment of uninsured individuals diagnosed with COVID-19.

The latest phase of funding is now available through August 28, 2020. Visit hhs.gov/providerrelief to learn more and get started with the application.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Providers who bill Medicare, Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, or CHIP
  • Dental providers who accept insurance, as well as bill patients directly
  • First-time or previous applicants may apply as long as they haven’t already received 2% of their patient revenue

How to apply?


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