Wyoming False Claims Act and Whistleblower Laws

Wyoming considered a state version of the False Claims Act in 2007. If adopted, HB0167 would have provided for the filing of qui tam lawsuits and whistleblower rewards. However, the legislation was not adopted by the state.

Wyoming’s Medicaid False Claims Act prohibits false or fraudulent claims for payment to the Wyoming Medicaid program. However, it does not contain whistleblower reward provisions or permit a whistleblower to file a qui tam lawsuit.

Employees who are retaliated against for lawful acts taken in good faith to report false claims in Medicaid are protected from retaliation by their employer as part of the Medicaid False Claims Act. The law permits a civil action to recover damages with a three year statute of limitations.

A whistleblower with evidence of health care fraud in Medicare or Medicaid can file a Federal False Claims Act lawsuit and seek recovery of the federal portion of government spending. The federal law permits rewards of between 15 and 30 percent of the recovery. The Federal FCA also protects against employer retaliation.

Other Wyoming Whistleblower Laws

Wyoming offers protections from retaliation to state employees who report fraud, waste or gross mismanagement in writing to their employer. These protections are contained in the State Government Fraud Reduction Act.

Special Disclaimers

Whistleblower laws are complex and contain many terms and conditions. These summaries are intended to be brief introductions to the law and not a detailed coverage of the intricacies of the law. For additional information about one of these laws, please contact our whistleblower lawyers at 1-800-590-4116.

Note: McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt attorneys represent whistleblowers under federal whistleblower reward programs established at the Justice Department, SEC, CFTC, IRS, NHTSA and other federal agencies. We selectively handle client cases involving state law retaliation issues where there is a corresponding claim for a federal or state reward. In certain states, we may do so through association with an employment lawyer licensed in the state where these acts happened because our lawyers are not barred in every state. We generally do not represent public sector (state employee) whistleblowers.

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