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Allcare Dental nearing agreements

Allcare Dental says it is "close to entering into agreements" with dentists in many cities and states where Allcare has offices, in the wake of the abrupt shutdown last week of the Clarence-based dental services company.

Allcare posted the update Monday on a website, www.allcareinfo.com. The company's closing, which it blamed on financial problems, has affected patients in several states. Patients are trying to recover their dental records and wondering about dental work that they have paid for but has not been performed.

The company said the agreements it is reaching with other dentists "will help maintain continuity of care for Allcare's patients."

Allcare said its attorney is working on a "uniform agreement that will protect all involved while complying with applicable laws and rules."

The company said it wanted to share the agreement with state regulators before it was signed and entered into with dentists who will take custody of Allcare's patient records. But Allcare said its access to state regulators over the weekend was limited.

Allcare said it hoped to have a number of agreements with dentists signed Monday and today, and more signed by the end of the week.

Attorneys general in several states, including New York, are investigating Allcare's shutdown after fielding complaints from patients.

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