As the voice of the dental benefits industry, NADP continuously works to educate legislators and regulators regarding the importance of dental benefits and dental care in improving oral and overall health.
Following are several important issues NADP has shared with policymakers during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- May 20 letter to Congressional leadership advocating for an increase to the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), with a specific increase for dental benefits, in the next COVID-19 relief package
- May 18 joint stakeholder letter to Congressional leadership regarding policies to support the oral health care system including increasing the FMAP and establishing an oral health infrastructure fund
- April 23 joint stakeholder letter to Congressional leadership with key health and health care priorities for the next COVID-19 response legislation
- April 21 letter to Congressional leadership seeking federal subsidization of COBRA premiums for the newly unemployed and a special enrollment period for the Federally Facilitated Exchanges
- April 10 comment letter to the Small Business Administration seeking clarification that dental plan premiums and costs paid by employers are included in the definition of "payroll costs" in the Paycheck Protection Program. Based on an April 20 interim final rule, dental benefits premiums paid by employers would be considered part of "payroll costs" in the PPP and therefore count towards the 75% threshold for loan forgiveness.