New Whistleblower Protections for Healthcare Workers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 created new whistleblower protections for health care workers. The act prohibits retaliation against an employee who provides or is about to provide to an employer, Federal Government or a state Attorney General, information that the employee reasonably believes to be a violation of Title I of the act. The act similarly protects someone that participates in an investigation or objects or refuses to participate in any activity that would violate Title I of the act. Title I of the act has a broad range of rules covering health insurance, policy and financial reporting and prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s receipt of health insurance subsidies.