Whistleblower Laws of Two More States–Hawaii and Virginia–Are Approved by Feds

States are figuring out how to pass whistleblower laws with effective “qui tam” provisions, so that they qualify to receive more money from Medicaid fraud settlements. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that, unlike 7 of the 10 state whistleblower laws that OIG had previously reviewed, the whistleblower laws of Hawaii and Virginia pass muster under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

We have previously discussed why states are passing or improving their own whistleblower laws with qui tam provisions–Congress creative large financial incentives because effective qui tam whistleblower laws are essential to preventing fraud against the government. We applaud Hawaii and Virginia for making their whistleblower law provisions as effective as those of the federal False Claims Act!