OUR GRATITUDE• The New York Dental Hygienists’ Association (NYDHA) has been working closely with the ADHA advocating for dental hygienists across New York state during this unprecedented time. NYDHA is at the forefront of developments, diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and actions of government and healthcare entities daily. At a time when the needs and concerns of NYS dental hygienists are high, NYDHA provides a strong voice. NYDHA’s advocacy initiatives have achieved milestones for the practice of the dental hygiene profession in recent years, and they continue to provide NYS dental hygienists with groundbreaking leadership. Visit NYDHA’s website for the latest in professional, educational, and legislative information:
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LIDHA has been in contact with NYDHA as the COVID-19 situation and government actions unfold. NYDHA is monitoring on a daily basis and advocating for NYS dental hygienists. Visit their website for more information:
NEW ACTION ALERT: Dental Hygiene Student Campaign
April 9, 2020
We need your help again! We are advocating on behalf of dental hygiene students who are preparing to graduate and need licensure to practice. Unfortunately, this pathway to licensure is clouded with uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With recognition that there are a myriad of issues facing these new professionals, ADHA has developed this advocacy campaign directed to the nation’s Governors, focusing on initial dental hygiene licensure for 2020. Please ask your governor to step up and grant an initial license to graduates of a CODA-accredited dental hygiene education program.
NYS on PAUSE Extension
March 29, 2020
The CARES Act
March 27, 2020
President Trump signed the $2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by Congress – CARES Act. Here are some of the provisions that may be helpful to dental hygienists, See also IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief website for additional information.
NYS Seeking Help
March 24, 2020
ACTION ALERT UPDATE
March 24, 2020
More than 49,000 messages have been sent to U.S. Congressional leaders from dental hygiene advocates in less than 24 hours! If you haven’t already, visit the Action Center now to urge legislators to include dental hygienists in the relief.
Check out the latest video from ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH with an update on the ADHA Congressional advocacy campaign:
March 23, 2020
ADHA has developed a new advocacy campaign asking Congress to include dental hygienists in any COVID-19 economic relief efforts. Visit the Action Center now to share your personal story with your U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to support employees of small businesses during this time of need.
March 20, 2020
On March 20, NYS issued guidance on the new NY PAUSE executive order that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. The guidance defines essential to include “doctors and emergency dental,” among others.
A Message from the Long Island Dental Hygienists’ Association
March 19, 2020
ADHA wants you to know that they are here to support us as dental hygiene professionals. As updates are changing rapidly, it is more important than ever that we, as the only professional association representing dental hygienists, work together to provide accurate information regarding COVID-19.
It’s important to note that as a national professional association, ADHA does not have the authority to mandate dental office closures. They are, however, actively raising our collective professional concerns with federal agencies as they consider the best course of action to maintain the health and safety of dental hygienists and their patients, while addressing critical oral health needs.
Please use and share these resources:
- ADHA has issued an interim COVID-19 policy.
- ADHA has posted FAQ’s on COVID-19.
- ADHA has launched a national advocacy campaign urging governors to use their authority over state commerce to limit dental practices to emergency procedures only at this time. Please join us in this effort by: clicking on this link to send this important message today.
- A dedicated email for your COVID-19 questions and concerns: RDHCovidInfo@adha.net.
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An Update on COVID-19 Federal Advocacy Efforts
March 19, 2020 – 4:30pm CST
President Trump signed into law March 18, HR 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. We wanted to take a moment to provide some explanation of how this potentially affects employees, including the dental hygiene community.Of critical interest to our members, HR 6201 includes paid leave provisions for certain employees affected by the coronavirus. Here is a link to a detailed summary of the emergency paid leave provisions in HR 6201:
H.R. 6201, FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT – Emergency Paid Sick Leave
Importantly, businesses with fewer than 50 employees can qualify for a narrow exemption if the Department of Labor determines that providing these benefits would jeopardize the viability of the business. Further, the Department of Labor has the authority to issue regulations exempting health care workers and emergency responders from the paid sick and family leave provisions.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommendations on elective surgery and procedures issued March 18, are particularly strong in their recommendation on dental procedures. Indeed, dental is singled out for particular emphasis. The CMS recommendations caution that:
“Dental procedures use PPE and have one of the highest risks of transmission due to the close proximity of the healthcare provider to the patient. To reduce the risk of spread and to preserve PPE, we are recommending that all non-essential dental exams and procedures be postponed until further notice.”
Another prong of the multi-faceted ADHA effort on behalf of its members will include exploring the inclusion of language in one of the future coronavirus relief bills that employees who are unable to work because they provide services that the government has recommended be “postponed until further notice” be compensated for the time they are unable to work. In addition, anticipating the efforts of organized dentistry, even before HR 6201 was enacted, ADHA President Crespin wrote to the President, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate Majority Leader urging that “dental hygienists are not prevented from receiving needed coronavirus-related employee benefits solely because they work in the health care field or because they often work on a part time basis or in a small office setting.”
ADHA is indeed at work on behalf of its members during this national public health and economic crisis. We will continue to share information with the dental hygiene community as it becomes available.
Matt’s Letter to President Trump, Speaker Pelosi, & Majority Leader McConnell
March 18, 2020
ADHA President Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH, sent a letter to President Trump, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader McConnell to encourage the federal government to consider dental hygienists and other oral health care providers as they develop targeted relief measures and employee benefits. The letter further encourage the federal government to “ensure that dental hygienists are not prevented from receiving needed coronavirus-related employee benefits solely because they work in the health care field or because they often work on a part time basis or in a small office setting.”