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COVID-19 Information
 
April 5, 2020

Dear Members,

We have two alerts we wanted to share with you this afternoon.

Yesterday, Governor Parson’s office posted a press release, “State of Missouri Recruiting Medical Personnel to Boost COVID-19 Response Across State” which stated that additional medical professionals (including dental professionals) are needed by hospitals across Missouri to help meet the challenges posed by COVID-19. For those interested in more information and/or signing up for the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MO DMAT-1) team, please review the release and its request for consideration. 

On Saturday afternoon, the ADA sent an Issues Alert email to members regarding “Overturning the Department of Treasury and SBA Interim Guidance on the SBA 7(a) PPP Loan and EIDL Loan”. Today’s ADA News update titled “ADA asks Treasury Department, Small Business Administration to clarify intent of interim rule”. The ADA expressed “strong concerns” regarding an interim rule the SBA released April 2 pertaining to the Paycheck Protection Program. The ADA Issues Alert from Dr. Chad Gehani stated, “if this interim guidance stands, it would pose great harm to the vast majority of our dentist owners and other small businesses, who have applied for but have not received any EIDL money by April 3.” The Issues Alert contained a link to an ADA Legislative Action Alert urging dentists to contact their legislators to ask them to contact Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza to ensure that the rules issued match the intent of the CARES Act. If you have not taken action and would like to do so, follow the Action Alert link above. We will continue to update you on developments and any guidance issued.

I'll close today with a heartwarming note. We told you in Friday’s eNews of the passing Jefferson City orthodontist, Dr. Steven Huber, due to complications from coronavirus. Since then, launched on social media is a #SmileforSteve campaign to show support, asking “if you have a Huber smile, share that smile for the family as a virtual memorial of all of the beautiful smiles Dr. Huber has helped to achieve.” Search the hashtag to see the posts.  

Be well and take care,

Vicki Wilbers
MDA Executive Director

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