Remembering Richard West, Medicaid fraud whistleblower

Taxpayers Against Fraud reported last month the passing of Richard West, a disabled Vietnam War veteran and Medicaid recipient who successfully exposed fraud by Maxim Healthcare, the provider of his home healthcare services. West, who had muscular dystrophy, was in a wheelchair and on a ventilator when he filed a False Claims Act (or qui tam) case against Maxim in a New Jersey court. Ultimately, the case recovered  $150 million for taxpayers. West received a reward of $15.4 million for his efforts in documenting and pursuing the claim.Continue reading

Medicare fraud and how to stop it

By David E. Haynes

Millions of Americans rely upon the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs for their health care services. In order to fund these critical services, the federal government spends billions each year. In 2013, the federal government spent $772 billion on health insurance programs, nearly two-thirds of which went to Medicare. The funds for Medicare and Medicaid are financed by companies and individuals, who contribute by paying taxes. Continue reading

National security experts call for a return to Constitutional government


L-R: Thomas Drake, Coleen Rowley, Antony Arnove, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesselyn Radack, and Ray McGovern, 22 Apr 2014, Georgetown U. Photo by Linda Lewis

[Republished from Whistleblowing Today] Four national security whistleblowers and a former CIA analyst appeared onstage Tuesday at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall for a roundtable discussion, “Beyond Orwell: Surveillance, Secrets & Whistleblowing in the Security State.” Continue reading

One-Stop Whistleblower Community News

Did you know that you can go to one place to find news about each of the major whistleblower organizations? Just go to the Whistleblower Archive tab and select “Community News” from the drop-down menu. There, you will find the latest news from the following organizations:

  • The Government Accountability Project
  • The National Whistleblowers Center
  • The Project on Government Oversight
  • The Make It Safe Campaign
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud

More complete and easier than doing a Google search!

Upcoming Events, Week of April 28

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s Sub-committee on Employment and Workplace Safety will hold a hearing  on the topic, “Workers’ Memorial Day: Are Existing Private Sector Whistleblower Protections Adequate To Ensure Safe Workplaces?” Panelists who will testify include Tom Devine, of the Government Accountability Project, who will address the adequacy of occupational safety whistleblower laws administered by the Dept. of Labor. Additional details can be on the Senate webpage.   Where: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building, First and C streets NE, Washington, DC 20510

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, noon to 2 p.m.

The Eleventh Annual Ridenhour Prizes Ceremony and Luncheon will honor Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras with the prize for truth-telling. The prize for courage will go to  Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr., the book prize to author Sheri Fink for her book, “Five Days at Memorial,” and the documentary film prize to “Gideon’s Army,” produced by Dawn Porter. For more information, visit the organization’s website.   Where:  The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045