New Texas Laws Fix Loopholes After Retaliation Against Two Nurses
Report on Medicare Compliance
October 24, 2011
Given the success of the federal False Claims Act, a number of states have fashioned laws that borrow language from the Act’s whistleblower provisions. For example, when two nurse-whistleblowers were retaliated against in the State of Texas, legislators pushed through anti-retaliation provisions that restored protections for those who report dishonest healthcare providers. Report on Medicare Compliance reported on this development and reached out to Nolan Auerbach partner, Jeb White, who has testified before state legislative bodies across the country. Mr. White noted that “Texas is taking a page from the False Claims Act.” He recounted that “people started stepping forward and shining the light” on fraud after the U.S. Congress similarly strengthened the federal False Claims Act.