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Embattled dentist billed $3.9M to Medicaid in 5 years

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A pediatric dentist who some parents say has abused and mistreated his patients for years has received $3.9 million in Medicaid reimbursements over the past five years, News4Jax learned from a review of state of Florida records.

According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, Dr. Howard S. Schneider's fee-for-service reimbursements in both 2012 and 2013 were over $1 million.

Parents of patients and their supporters remain outside Schneider's Southside dental office, calling for it to be shut down.  When the parent heard about the size of Schneider's government payments, they were even more angry.

"Kids were tortured for that money; that's blood money," said Michelle Hammack.

"It shouldn't happen. He is stealing the childhood from these kids," siad Rosy Culpepper. "They can't eat food, They have no teeth in their mouth. There are kids that are 12 years old with not teeth in their mouths. It is not acceptable."

According to state records, in 2010, Schneider took in $521,065 in Medicaid reimbursements in 2010 and about $704,269 in 2011. After payments exceeded $1 million for the next two years, the reimbursement money dropped to $483,207 in 2014.

DOCUMENT: 5-year Medicaid payments to Dr. Howard Schneider

Some parents say that the pictures on their signs show all that they need to know about the dentist.

"Take his license and close the doors so he can't hurt anyone else," Hammack said.

Others say they are willing to wait for the outcome of attorney general's office investigation before deciding if Schneider's should be shut down.

"If there is something found that is in error, I believe his practice should be closed," Warren Butler said. "The people themselves just want things to be done to correct the error."

News4Jax has requested Medicaid reimbursement numbers from other pediatric dentists in Jacksonville to give Schneider's payments some perspective. 

Attorney John Phillips is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday night about dental abuse. The meeting at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel, 10605 Deerwood Park Blvd., will begin at 7 p.m.