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Harlingen Dentist Releases Book about Government Corruption in Texas Medicaid

Doctor Juan Villarreal busy at book signing event. Photos: Bill Keltner/LFN

Dr. Juan Villarreal helped fix it

Bill Keltner

A supportive crowd of fellow dentists, patients and friends jammed the second-floor conference room of the Harlingen Family Dentistry offices of Dr. Juan D. Villarreal to hear his powerful expose of government corruption which had relentlessly targeted Texas dentists like himself.

The good doctor his thanked his audience and signed countless copies of his book: TRUTH DECAY–How Government Corruption Caused a Political Scandal Victimizing Texas Dentists and How it Could Happen to You!

The courageous doctor wrote this powerful book to describe his struggle with the top bureaucrats of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission and its Office of Inspector General who had targeted him and his practice in 2011 with serious but false allegations of misconduct within the Medicaid program. The ensuing battle tested his belief in himself and pushed his practice to the brink of financial collapse with the state withholding over a million dollars in payments for services delivered to poor children in the Rio Grande Valley. How could he pay his staff?

Gail Thomason says: I am proud to know a man of his principles.”

He describes it as the confrontation had by little David of Bible times with Goliath, a fearsome giant of a man. His story is a first-hand tale of right and wrong. Like the shepherd boy, the doctor bravely took on an intimidating giant, and in both battles, the little guy won. Doctor Villarreal won his case just like David–Now, he wants the world to know about it.

The meeting got under way when Doctor Villarreal was introduced by Public Relations Director Gail Thomason, who told the audience that the doctor is my “boss and my friend.” Gail is a retired school teacher, who now works with the doctor. She continued: “I‘ve worked for him for many years, and know him to be a man of principle, integrity and dedication,” she said. “That is why this book had to be written to right many wrongs and protect others from possible harm.”

Villarreal began on a personal note: “These are exciting times for me,” he said, adding, “I never thought that I would be a writer. In fact, he laughed, writing for me as a student was my worst subject. But, here we are. Let me begin by telling you who I am, the story of my experience with governmental corruption, and why I had to write this book.”

Doctor Villarreal has been a dentist for over thirty-three years with a prospering practice in Texas. His business has grown to be one of the largest single family dental facilities in the state and the country with 140 employees and twelve doctors of dentistry on the staff.

“We have provided Medicaid orthodontic dental care since 1984, at a time when few dentists in South Texas were willing to take on this rather unpopular work of providing orthodontic (teeth straightening) as well as general dental care for Medicaid dependent children.”

Supporters present for the book signing event.

For his efforts, the state targeted him with false charges of “a credible allegation of fraud” based on their interpretation of Obamacare regulations “In 2011 the state went on a witch hunt,”the doctor said, adding, “and I received a letter from the Inspector General notifying me that they were placing a payment hold on all our Medicaid orthodontic work. They were obviously trying to ruin me and my dental practice, as this put an extraordinary amount of financial burden on us.” Thus began months and years of legal maneuvers, with officials in Austin and elsewhere, but ending in a victory for this humble little David, and a warranted exposure for the giant Goliath.”

To learn all the intricate details of this lop-sided struggle, and the final victory, you’ll need to read the doctor’s book exposing how rogue bureaucrats seeking their own glory and power can then use these self-written regulations to harm businesses, innocent citizens and taxpayers, and bringing financial ruin to others with little or no consequences for themselves.

The book is published by TEXAS DENTISTS FOR MEDICAID REFORM. It is now available on line at Amazon and elsewhere. Contact the publisher for further information at

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