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Medicaid & CHIP Dentists, Apply Now for Provider Relief Funds

Starting today, June 10, 2020, eligible Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) dentist providers can apply to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive funds from Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal.

Eligible Medicaid and CHIP providers can use the portal to report their annual patient revenue which will then be used to calculate their payment.  According to an ADA News article, payments will be at least 2% of the dentist provider’s reported gross revenue.

The Provider Relief Fund was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act—known as the CARES Act—which directed $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals and other health care providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring that dentists had access to the Fund was an important issue for the American Dental Association (ADA) since the CARES Act became law. The ADA has been in negotiations with HHS to determine how the Fund could best provide financial relief to dentists. The ADA’s actions were instrumental in HHS’s decision to include dentists in the Fund.
 
According to HHS, to be eligible for the Fund, (1) Medicaid or CHIP dentist providers must not have received payments from the earlier $50 billion distribution and (2) must have directly billed Texas’ Medicaid/CHIP dental programs or Medicaid managed care plans for dental care between January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2020. HHS stated that, “The amount of relief a dentist provider receives will be determined after the data is submitted and will be based on the number of Medicaid patients the provider serves.”
 
The Texas Dental Association (TDA) is excited to report about this financial assistance for Medicaid and CHIP dentist providers. This complements TDA’s continuous efforts to improve the delivery of dental services in Texas’ Medicaid and CHIP dental programs for dentists and the patients they serve.

Go to HHS’ Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal to report your annual patient revenue and receive your distribution.