The Missouri Senate’s Special Committee to Investigate Medicaid Fraud heard testimony supporting enactment of a state False Claims Act that would allow whistle-blowers to file suit on behalf of the state, and to share in the recovery.

Patrick O’Connell, chief of the Texas attorney general’s civil Medicaid fraud section, said that the number of cases against Medicaid providers has jumped from two to 122 since Texas enacted a false claims act in 1997.

St. Louis Today ran a story on the hearings on February 8, 2006.

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