Several states are trying to introduce or enhance state-level anti-fraud statues for procurement programs that match the scrutiny of the federal False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has incentivized states to match recent amendments expanding the federal FCA, which has motivated states to update their laws and push the scope of these laws beyond Medicaid.
"States are realizing that this is a vehicle for them to recover valuable dollars that are being improperly obtained, and are using that as another mechanism to deter contractors from trying to defraud the government," said State and Local Government Procurement Partner Keith Wiener. "You're seeing a lot more of these state laws crop up over the last four or five years."
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