ADA urges Congress to pass additional COVID-19 relief legislation

Washington — The ADA is urging Congress to pass additional COVID-19 relief legislation in order to ensure the safety and economic stability of dental practices across the country.

In a Nov. 19 letter to leaders of the House and Senate, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D.M.D., told lawmakers that passing additional pandemic legislation “will help to guarantee that patients receive the oral health care that is critical to maintaining their overall health.”

One of the key items the ADA would like Congress to address is providing additional flexibility for the Paycheck Protection Program loans. This includes allowing borrowers to:

• Deduct expenses paid for with PPP loans.
• Take advantage of the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
• Utilize a more streamlined forgiveness process.
• Access additional PPP loans and permit 501(c)(6) organizations to apply for new PPP funds.
• Use future PPP loans to purchase PPE.