We were pleased to see that Florida has joined New York, Georgia, Oklahoma and more than a dozen other states in creating a State False Claims Act with qui tam whistleblower provisions similar to the federal False Claims Act. As we have discussed at length on this whistleblower lawyer blog, Congress has created financial incentives for states to pass whistleblower laws with qui tam provisions to protect Medicaid funds.
Florida’s Governor signed the Florida False Claims Act into law on June 28, 2007.
AARP supported the legislation to “preserve scarce resources for Florida’s most vulnerable citizens.”
The wave of new False Claims Acts is a responsible and cost-effective approach to protecting taxpayer dollars. We congratulate Florida on its new law.