As primary care doctors specializing in oral health, it is essential that small business owner dentists are supported during this time of uncertainty and financial strain. To that end, please follow the link below to urge Congress to take action on the following items:
- As of April 16th, the SBA announced that the PPP and EIDL appropriations had lapsed and that applications would no longer be accepted, leaving many small business owner dentists and the staff they employ without a lifeline during this public health emergency. While the original funds provided for these programs was substantial, supplementary funding for these vital small business relief programs is needed now.
- Also, many dentists have reported having great difficulty in accessing loans and grants while they were available. The AGD is asking Congress to rescind the decision to limit EIDL grants to $1,000 per employee, as this does not take into account differences in compensation, and many small businesses were not aware of this limit when applying.
- Finally, the AGD is asking for Congress to consider allowing small business dental practices to choose the eight week period for which they seek forgiveness for the loans and rehire back staff before December 31, 2020, instead of requiring them to rehire staff by June 30, 2020. This flexibility would allow these practices to make decisions about staffing and payroll based on when they plan to reopen fully.