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PUBLIC LAW 104-191—AUG. 21, 1996 110 STAT. 1993 ing to limitation on liability) shall apply to a person providing information to the Secretary or the Attorney General in conjunction with their performance of duties under this section. " (4) ENSURING ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION. — The Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services is authorized to exercise such authority described in paragraphs (3) through (9) of section 6 of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) as necessary with respect to the activities under the fraud and abuse control program established under this subsection. "(5) AUTHORITY OF INSPECTOR GENERAL. —Nothing in this Act shall be construed to diminish the authority of any Inspector General, including such authority as provided in the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.). " (b) ADDITIONAL USE OF FUNDS BY INSPECTOR GENERAL. — "(1) REIMBURSEMENTS FOR INVESTIGATIONS. — The Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services is authorized to receive and retain for current use reimbursement for the costs of conducting investigations and audits and for monitoring compliance plans when such costs are ordered by a court, voluntarily agreed to by the payor, or otherwise. "(2) CREDITING.—Funds received by the Inspector General under paragraph (1) as reimbursement for costs of conducting investigations shall be deposited to the credit of the appropriation from which initially paid, or to appropriations for similar purposes currently available at the time of deposit, and shall remain available for obligation for 1 year from the date of the deposit of such funds. "(c) HEALTH PLAN DEFINED.— For purposes of this section, the term ^health plan' means a plan or program that provides health benefits, whether directly, through insurance, or otherwise, and includes— "(1) a policy of health insurance; "(2) a contract of a service benefit organization; and "(3) a membership agreement with a health maintenance organization or other prepaid health plan.". (b) ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND ABUSE CON- TROL ACCOUNT IN FEDERAL HOSPITAL INSURANCE TRUST FUND. — Section 1817 (42 U.S.C. 13951) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: " (k) HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND ABUSE CONTROL ACCOUNT.— "(1) ESTABLISHMENT. —T here is hereby established in the Trust Fund an expenditure account to be known as the 'Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Account' (in this subsection referred to as the 'Account'). "(2) APPROPRIATI:D AMOUNTS TO TRUST FUND.— "(A) IN GENERAL. —There are hereby appropriated to the Trust Fund— "(i) such gifts and bequests as may be made as provided in subparagraph (B); "(ii) such amounts as may be deposited in the Trust Fund as provided in sections 242(b) and 249(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and title XI; and "(iii) such amounts as are transferred to the Trust Fund under subparagraph (C).