Organized dentistry asks Congress to enhance commercial business interruption insurance policies

Washington — The Organized Dentistry Coalition is asking Congress to enhance commercial business interruption insurance policies in the next COVID-19 legislative relief package, in support of an effort led by the Academy of General Dentistry.

The coalition’s May 19 letter to leaders in the House and Senate said state shelter-in-place orders, business closures and staggered re-openings have imposed “tremendous financial losses on dental practices.” The groups recommended that Congress support HR 6494, the Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Act, which “could offer businesses the option to address damaging gaps in coverage and also bolster the country’s economic resilience during future crises.”

“Most dental practices have been compelled to forgo providing nonemergency services or close entirely, and states are just beginning the process of reopening and allowing nonemergency care,” they wrote.

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