Lax Ga. False Claims Law May Threaten Medicaid Incentives

Law360, New York (April 5, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT) -- The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday told Georgia that its false claims statute falls short of the federal False Claims Act, endangering certain Medicaid incentives for the state.

The HHS inspector general recently made clear that states would be eligible for perks meant to encourage strict false claims statutes only if their laws kept up with the FCA, widely expanded in 2009 and 2010.

States whose false claims laws closely mirror the federal one — for example, by having similarly weighty civil penalties — get...
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