Closed Dental Chain Transfers Nearly All Patients

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Two months after a dental chain abruptly closed its offices in more than a dozen states, it has transferred patients to other practices in all but five locations: one in Massachusetts, two in Ohio and both in New Hampshire.

New York-based Allcare Dental and Dentures closed in January, leaving many patients with partially completed work they had already paid for in full. With a few exceptions, the company since has reached agreements with other dentists to transfer patients.

Patients at 15 of 17 offices in Ohio and one of two in Massachusetts have been transferred.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office says the company has been negotiating with dentists in the state. A lawyer for Allcare did not immediately return a call on Monday.

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