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Enforcements for Health Care Authority

Case Agency Violation/Result Penalty Amount Laws RCW
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.

$50,000 RCW 42.52.050
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.

$250 RCW 42.52.160
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