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COVID-19 Information
 
April 24, 2020

Dear Members,

We continue to get inquiries from doctors and staff asking the MDA’s opinion about when doctors can officially reopen, especially when the Governor’s Order of May 3 may be different (earlier) than local ordinance dates—and if local ordinance dates supersede those of the state. These questions are outlined in the Stay Home Missouri Order FAQ, which provides under the Governor’s order, what can be done (includes medical appointments); what business are essential (includes healthcare workers); and, if your local health authority can impose more restrictive requirements than the state (yes, it can—though most have similar statements on essential activities and businesses that are allowed).

In yesterday’s eNews Update, we announced that to provide clearer guidance to doctors, this week a Missouri Dental Practice Recovery Task Force was formed. Since then, we've been asked if the MDA (or this Taskforce) will be providing a date recommendation different from state and local authorities. While we are grateful for members’ confidence in the MDA as the state oral health authority, we must reiterate that the MDA is not a regulatory or governmental body that can issue a specific mandate and thus, can only acknowledge what has been issued by state and local authorities and to share ADA and CDC recommendations for safely reopening practices.

The Missouri Dental Practice Recovery Task Force is being jointly coordinated by the state dental director and the Department of Health and Senior Services, in consultation with the MDA and its members. Information we expect to come from that Taskforce includes additional guidelines for office re-opening, to protect patients and staff, as we know this is the greatest question and concern for all. This effort will be in addition to the ADA Taskforce efforts, which next week will include distribution of a Back to Work Interim Guidance Toolkit.

We will continue to work as quickly as possible and look forward to sharing additional resources next week.

Be well and take care,

Vicki Wilbers
MDA Executive Director

Congress increases funding for PPP, EIDL loans 


Yesterday, the House passed an emergency bill that is expected to inject $370 billion into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan grants to help the millions of Americans and small businesses impacted by the pandemic. You should know the ADA strongly advocated for Congress to increase funding and loan forgiveness flexibility for these programs, telling lawmakers the PPP and EIDL loans are “vital in keeping dentists across the country from closing their practices.”

Members are urged to consider applying for both EIDL and PPP loans. If you have already applied and the processing of your application was put on hold because of the lack of funding, please keep an eye out for a message from your lender about status updates. If you have not applied for either loan, the ADA strongly urges that you consider applying for them as quickly as possible. Although additional funding was allocated for these loan programs, it’s expected funding will be exhausted quickly. To learn more about the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 relief options available for businesses, visit the SBA website.

Related Loan Information Resources

Now available to members is the on-demand webinar Navigating the Uncertainty of COVID-19: A Q&A to Address Dentists’ Concerns provided by Husch Blackwell, MDA Legal Counsel. The webinar offers 1-hour free CE from the MDA and answers questions submitted by MDA members to provide more specific guidance on Financial Issues (The CARES Act, SBA EIDL and PPP Loans) and Labor and Employment Issues (Families First Coronavirus Response Act/FFCRA). Also, Husch Blackwell published this week, I've Received my PPP Loan. Now What? which provides guidance that may be helpful to members. Also available as a resource is the ADA SBA Loans page.

Updates on ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists

Earlier this week, we shared a link to register for a webinar today at Noon, ADA and OSAP Live Webinar: Respiratory Protection in the Era of COVID-19. Due to overwhelming demand, registration for this event closed quickly; however, a recording of this webinar will be posted Monday April, 27 by 5pm on ADACEonline.org. Go to this page for all on-demand COVID-related webinars.

There will be a new digital event on Tuesday, April 29 at 11am: Ransomware Readiness. Register for Tuesday’s webinar.

Two new statements on reimbursement for temporary procedures are posted:
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