- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A judge has determined that a Yakima hospital violated the state Consumer Protection Act by failing to provide adequate financial help to low-income patients.

The Herald-Republic reports (https://bit.ly/29Iaz8H ) that Superior Court Judge Susan Hahn sided with the patients last week in their class-action lawsuit against Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center and its former owner, Florida-based Health Management Associates. Hahn said the hospital’s actions were “deceptive.”

Last week’s ruling comes after the judge ruled in December that the hospitals violated the state Charity Care Act. Hahn found that the hospital discouraged indigent patients from seeking care by requiring payments or deposits before procedures.

Yakima hospital official Darrin Cook says the facility has implemented new state-approved charity care policies.

Monetary damages in the case haven’t yet been determined.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, https://www.yakimaherald.com

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