Amireh v. UW Medicine Northwest

Welcome to the Northwest Hospital Charity Care Settlement

 

If you received emergency medical treatment at Northwest Hospital between June 21, 2010 and July 31, 2017, and had to pay all or a portion of your bill you could be entitled to benefits under this class action settlement.


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Case Summary 

A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit entitled Kamal Amireh and Hugo Cabrera Villalobos, individually and on behalf of the class they seek to represent v. UW Medicine/Northwest d/b/a Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, a Washington corporation, King County Superior Court, Case No. 16-2-14579-5 SEA (the “Lawsuit”). The Lawsuit alleges that Northwest Hospital violated Washington’s Charity Care laws by not affirmatively screening all emergency department patients for eligibility for financial assistance. Northwest Hospital believes that it fully complied with the Charity Care laws and denies all liability in the case. The settlement, which must be approved by the Court, would resolve the Lawsuit. 

Solely for purposes of effectuating this settlement, the Court  has certified the following settlement class:


"All individuals (or their guardians or representatives) who within the Class Period (June 21, 2010 through July 31, 2017): (a) received emergency care medical treatment in Northwest Hospital's emergency department; (b) were, at the time of service, "indigent" as defined by WAC 246-453-010(4); (c) were not covered by insurance or any other third-party source of payment, in whole (uninsured) or in part (underinsured), at the time of treatment; and (d) were subject to collections without Northwest Hospital first affirmatively screening them for Charity Care Act eligibility by determining their income and family size."


(For purposes of this settlement, you were  'subject to collections' if you received a bill for emergency department services.)


YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM

FOR MONETARY RELIEF 


This is the only way you can receive monetary relief (waiver of outstanding hospital charges or reimbursement for payments made for hospital charges or collection costs). If you submit a Claim Form (Charity Care Application), you will give up the right to sue Northwest Hospital in a separate lawsuit about the claims this settlement resolves. 

For more information about the claim procedure, you can contact Northwest Hospital at 206-668-1800.

ASK TO BE EXCLUDED

  DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018

If you ask to be excluded, you will receive no benefits, but you will retain any rights  you currently have  to sue the Defendant about the claims  in this case.

OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2018

Provide your written objections explaining why you don’t like the settlement; objections will be provided to the Court before the Final Approval Hearing.

GO TO THE HEARING

DATE: MARCH 20, 2018

Ask to speak in Court about your opinion of the Settlement.

DO NOTHING

If you submit no claim, you will remain a member of the class and will receive the non-monetary injunctive relief benefit, but you will not receive monetary relief.

 

Although the information in this website is intended to assist you, it does not replace the information contained in the Class Notice or the Settlement Agreement, both of which are available on this website.