In Yakima County, Washington, the nonprofit Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center has been found guilty of violating the Charity Care Act.

"Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center and its former owner violated the state Charity Care Act by demanding payment for services from indigent patients, a judge has ruled in a partial summary judgment.

"Yakima County Superior Court Judge Susan Hahn also agreed with the plaintiffs’ attorneys that the hospital’s failure to meet the terms of the Charity Care Act constituted a breach of contract between the hospital and the patients in question."--Molly Rosbach, the Yakima Herald