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Medicaid Whistleblower Provision Repealed in Wis Budget / Walker Will Sign Budget Tomorrow

If you've been following the story of the massive amounts of non-budget items that have been crammed into the Wisconsin State Budget, you already know it contains that every little wish list items that the minds of Scott Walker and the GOP can dream up. These insertions have NOTHING to do with the budget, but are piled inside to avoid public input or debate.

More horror is STILL being found in the (originally) 1800 page budget as it sits on Scott Walkers desk awaiting signature.  Today, someone found that provisions to encourage whistleblowers to come forward are being repealed for those reporting Medicaid fraud.

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature repeals a law that encourages whistle-blowers with evidence of Medicaid fraud to come forward.

Wisconsin has recovered millions of dollars from lawsuits initiated by whistle-blowers since the law was enacted in 2007.

The repeal of the law — no more than a few words and a reference to a section in the state statute — was included in an omnibus motion on Medicaid by the Joint Finance Committee and drew little attention.

There were no hearings or even public discussion by the committee.

Whistle-blower protection was enacted in 2005 because of the federal Deficit Reduction Act which encouraged states to vigorously pursue cases of Medicaid fraud by rewarding whistleblowers and giving the state extra money in settlements if they passed whistleblower provisions in their state. Wisconsin, aware that millions of dollars have been recovered in the past, enacted such a law.

Those provisions, however, have been opposed by the Chamber of Commerce and their political lackeys are always ready to please them (and their campaign dollars).

The motion containing the repeal of the state law was made by Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee.

Nygren's office did not respond to an email on the provision in the motion. Darling's office referred questions to Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), who could not be reached Friday.

Yes, they're hiding since the light has been turned on this sneaky deed.

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