Idaho False Claims Act and Whistleblower Laws

Idaho has not adopted a state version of the false claims act which provides for whistleblower rewards or the filing of qui tam lawsuits. To protect against Medicaid fraud, Idaho has a general Medicaid anti-fraud statute that imposes criminal and civil liability for false and fraudulent claims.

Back in 2004, the Idaho Senate considered the adoption of a State False Claims Act (S1332). There is no evidence of subsequent measures to adopt such a law. If we should hear news of recent efforts, we will update this section with the news.

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.

Idaho’s Other Whistleblower Laws

The Idaho Protection of Public Employees Act contains an anti-retaliation provision for state employees but this measure does not protect employees of businesses reporting suspected violations of the law. Idaho whistleblowers should seek protections under federal law.

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 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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