Enforcements for Health Care Authority
|Case||Agency||Violation/Result||Penalty Amount||Laws RCW|
|2020-055||Health Care Authority||
Violation: Director of the Health Care Authority, may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act by authorizing agency leadership to encourage all employees to use 30 minutes of paid time per day for “wellness time” while they are working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Result: An agreed Stipulation and Order was entered on September 10, 2021 imposing a civil penalty of $5,000 with $2,500 suspended.
|2018-033||Health Care Authority||
Violation: a Health IT Program/Project Manager may have violated the Ethics in Public Service Act when she used state resources to conduct her real-estate business on her state laptop and by failing to submit leave.
Result: A Final Order of Default was entered on November 8, 2019 imposing a civil penalty of $3,500.
|2017-019||Health Care Authority||
Violation: A former Medical Assistance Specialist with the Health Care Authority, may have violated several sections of the Ethics in Public Service Act by accessing confidential information within the HCA information systems for personal use and using state resources, computer, printer and time for her personal benefit.
Result: An agreed order was entered on September 13, 2019, imposing a civil penalty of $2,000.
|$2,000||RCW 42.52.050, RCW 42.52.070, RCW 42.52.160|
|2016-034||Health Care Authority||
Violation: Former HCA employee sent confidential information to an unauthorized recipient on at least ten occasions and accessed a confidential DSHS computer system to obtain information regarding relatives and shared that information with others without authorization.
Result: Following an enforcement hearing, a Final Order was issued on January 8, 2018 imposing a civil penalty of $50,000.
|2015-039||Health Care Authority||
Violation: A former employee of the Health Care Authority used state resources for her private benefit and gain. Evidence collected showed that she created and stored personal documents and sent and received emails of a personal nature.
Result: A settlement agreement was approved on March 24, 2017 imposing a civil penalty of $250.
|2008-119||Health Care Authority||
Violation: A former Health Care Authority employee violated RCW 42.52.020 and RCW 42.52.080 when she pursued and accepted employment with an entity conducting business with her agency.
Result: Settlement approved on March 12, 1010 for a Civil penalty of $500.
|$500||RCW 42.52.020, RCW 42.52.080|