David Heath

Dental Chain Violated New York Law, Settlement Says
Aspen Dental, one of the nation’s largest dental management chains, is being called on to pay $450,000 for allegedly pressuring dentists to increase revenue by using high-pressure sales techniques on its low-income patients.
June 22, 2015
Dental Chain May Be Booted From Medicaid Program
Small Smiles, which has been under federal scrutiny for years for performing unnecessary dental treatments on children, could be barred from the Medicaid program beginning next month.
March 11, 2014
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.
July 25, 2013
Texas Law Cracks Down on Unnecessary Dental Treatments
Its sponsor says FRONTLINE's "Dollars and Dentists" investigation sparked the bill.
June 27, 2013
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.
January 8, 2013
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.
October 19, 2012
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.
July 2, 2012
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
June 26, 2012
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.
June 26, 2012