Governor Martin O’Malley has signed the Maryland False Health Claims Act, introduced as Senate Bill 279.

The Governor’s press release says that the new legislation will allow Maryland to recover damages and penalties from individuals who defraud the state by filing false claims against state health plans and programs, including Medicaid. It is expected to recover millions of dollars by cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in these public health programs.

The bill has an effective date of October 1, 2010.

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