Corporate Compliance

OIG approves two states' whistleblower laws

Compliance Monitor, March 28, 2007

The OIG announced it approved both Hawaii and Virginia's new whistleblower laws last week.

The Deficit Reduction Act provides a financial incentive for states to enact false claims acts that establish liability to the state for the submission of false or fraudulent claims to the state's Medicaid program.

If a state false claims act is determined to meet certain requirements, the state is entitled to an increase of 10% in its share of any amounts recovered under a state action brought under such a law.

Out of the remaining 48 states, only Tennesee, Illinois, and Massachusetts have received OIG approval for their whistleblower laws.

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