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Dollars and Dentists

Senate Report Faults Children’s Dental Chain for “Fundamentally Deceptive” Care

The bipartisan report recommends removing Small Smiles, one of the nation’s largest dental chains for children, from the Medicaid program for encouraging dentists to perform unnecessary treatments to boost profits.

Dollars and Dentists

Texas Law Cracks Down on Unnecessary Dental Treatments

Its sponsor says FRONTLINE’s “Dollars and Dentists” investigation sparked the bill.

Dollars and Dentists

Texas Legislator Proposes Crackdown on For-Profit Dental Chains

Outraged by allegations that corporate chains put profits ahead of patients, a leading Texas Republican has proposed legislation that would allow the state to regulate chains and forbid them from forcing dentists to meet revenue quotas.

Dollars and Dentists

Aspen Dental Facing Class-Action Lawsuit

The suit accuses one of the nation’s largest corporate dental chains of illegally owning dental practices and of deceiving patients.

Dollars and Dentists

Sen. Grassley Investigating Abuse at Corporate Dental Chains

For months, Grassley’s staff has been asking questions of three dental chains serving poor children on Medicaid.

Dollars and Dentists

Complaints About Kids Care Follow Kool Smiles

It’s the country’s largest Medicaid dental provider, serving roughly 2 million children in 15 states and D.C. But several states have documented unnecessary procedures in past years

Dollars and Dentists

Patients, Pressure and Profits at Aspen Dental

The same business model that makes Aspen accessible to patients short on cash can also leave them in debt and has led to complaints of overcharging and unnecessary treatments.




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