Sarrell vs. ADA Dental Drama Topic of PBS Documentary

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June 13, 2012; Source: The News Courier

In 2010, NPQ’s Rick Cohen wrote a newswire about the fact that the Alabama Dental Association was opposing the expansion of a nonprofit dental center that was providing dental services to low income children. The Sarrell Center ended up filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the ADA in 2011, but later rescinded it when Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law Sarrell’s right to operate in the state.

This saga will now be recounted as part of a “FRONTLINE” documentary titled “Dollars and Dentists” to be broadcast on most PBS stations on Tuesday, June 26 (check local listings for times). Watch a preview here:

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Congratulations again, Sarrell. These guys are a group worth tracking for their willingness to take on opposing forces, and their success in doing so. –Ruth McCambridge

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referred to the Alabama Dental Association as the American Dental Association of Alabama. NPQ regrets the error.