Small businesses of all kinds are being challenged by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Foremost on most business owners’ minds is how to protect their employees and meet their financial obligations. As always, RxOwnership is here to help independent pharmacies. We urge you to regularly check this space for new information on the CARES Act and other resources for small businesses.

Notice: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has made available $20 billion in new funding for Phase 3 Relief Funding due to COVID-19. HHS is providing up to 2% of sales as a payment directly to providers for healthcare-related expenses or lost revenue from COVID-19. In the early phases of the fund, over 4,000+ eligible pharmacies received funds.

The application deadline is November 6, 2020. To check your eligibility status, please visit the HHS webpage, where you will need to enter your TIN (Tax ID) number. If you are eligible to receive the funds, we urge you to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on the fund, visit the HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund page. For a list of FAQs, visit the HHS Provider Relief Fund General Distribution FAQs page.

Please note, that the changes and FAQs published by HHS during September significantly clarified and redefined the permitted uses of the Provider Relief Funds and the government may yet provide additional guidance that further clarifies or modifies their view so we urge you to stay on top of these developments to ensure compliance.

 

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Recent News:

  • On October 8, The SBA and Treasury announced a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest business while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
  • On June 3, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Flexibility Act was passed. This bill provides hope that greater flexibility to the PPP loan forgiveness will help many small business owners survive the COVID-19 crisis.
  • To further meet the needs of the U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.
  • President Donald Trump on Saturday, July 4, signed into law a temporary extension of a subsidy program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus. The legislation extends the June 30 deadline for applying for the program to Aug. 8.