Ala. Dental Spat May Foreshadow Obama Plan Effects

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A dispute that's broken out among Alabama dentists could be a sign of what's to come under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Members of the Alabama Dental Association are complaining about Sarrell Dental Center, a nonprofit corporation that treats young people on Medicaid. The company has sued an association member for slander, and the state's only dental school has withdrawn student dentists from two of its clinics.

Similar disputes have gone on in other states in recent years.

A health care advocate says feuds between large nonprofit dental providers and more-established private office could become more common with the passage of Obama's health care bill, which includes mandatory dental coverage for kids.

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