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Northwest Hospital Emergency Room Charity Care Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Northwest Hospital in Kings County, Washington has agreed to settle a class action claiming that it violated the state’s Charity Care Laws by not screening all emergency department patients to see if they qualified for financial assistance.

Docket Number:

16-2-14579-5 SEA

Company: Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Class Period: June 21, 2010 to July 31, 2017

Objection Deadline: January 15, 2018

Exclusion Deadline: January 15, 2018

Final Approval Hearing: March 20, 2018

Proof of Purchase:

No; presumably hospital records will be used for verification.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if

  • Between June 21, 2010 and July 31, 2017,
  • You received treatment in Northwest Hospital’s emergency department,
  • Were at the time “indigent” as defined under the law,
  • Were not covered by insurance or any other third-party source of payment, and were uninsured or underinsured at the time, and
  • Were subject to collections before Northwest Hospital first affirmatively screening you to see if you qualified for Charity Care Act assistance, by determining your income and family size.
Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies. Those who qualify for Charity Care Act assistance will receive reimbursements for payments made or forgiveness for outstanding amounts owed to the hospital for treatment received during the class period.

Total Settlement Amount: Unknown

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$1,000

Law Firm:
Columbia Legal Services

Claim Form: UW Medicine Financial Assistance Application

Case Name: Amireh v. Northwest Hospital

Settlement Website: Northwest Hospital Charity Care Settlement

Claims Administrator:
Kurtzman Carson Consultants

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Amireh v. NW Hospital Settlement Administrator
c/o KCC Class Action Services LLC
P.O. Box 404041
Louisville, KY 40233-4041

Tags: Charges for Those Eligible for Financial Assistance, Medical Care, Unfair Charges, Your Health