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Over the last few months, Congress and the Administration have taken swift actions to protect Americans during this public health emergency and to help physicians on the frontlines continue to deliver care and consult with their patients as needed. In particular, the programs created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748, the CARES Act), which have been strengthened by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266), the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010) and the Paycheck Protection Program extension through Aug. 8 (S. 4116), have allowed dermatologists, their practices, and staff to seek and receive economic relief in these unprecedented times. Furthermore, the additional flexibility and coverage for telehealth services has allowed dermatologists to maintain continuity of care for their patients.

To build on this momentum, the AADA is asking Congress to ensure an adequate physician workforce across the country now and beyond the pandemic. Below are the latest advocacy priorities the AADA is fighting for on behalf of the specialty:

Sustained relief until practices can fully re-open: Continuing financial relief for small businesses and health care providers, so that dermatologists can fully return to practice and are able to provide care with ample PPE and social distancing standards

Medicare reimbursement and relief: Requesting Congress waive the budget neutrality requirements slated for implementation on Jan. 1, 2021, as significant reductions in Medicare payments would add to financial challenges facing practices during these unprecedented times

Comprehensive liability coverage: Urging Congress to provide broader liability protections for physicians and other clinicians and the facilities in which they practice as they continue their efforts to see patients under unique circumstances

Expand care via telehealth: Ask Congress to expand access, examine the CMS telehealth waiver, and provide grants to expand the digital sharing of healthcare education

Assistance to associations : Include 501(c)(6) organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program

To view our advocacy letters during this public health emergency, visit the COVID-19 library.

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