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In 2010 and 2011, Antoine Dental was among Texas’ top-billing Medicaid providers for orthodontic services, collecting more than $1 million annually for putting braces on poor children. Its three Houston-area clinics employed 15 dentists and orthodontists and treated more than 2,500 young patients annually through the joint state-federal health program, owner Behzad Nazari said.
But in 2012, the Medicaid money that kept Nazari’s dental clinics and dozens of others in Texas in the black came to a dramatic halt. An investigation by WFAA-TV in Dallas had revealed that Texas was spending more ...