State takes legal action against Tacoma’s St. Joseph Medical Center, stating it unlawfully kept charity care.

The state is taking legal action against St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma for presumably cannot supply charity care as needed by law.

Attorney general of the United States Bob Ferguson submitted the claim Tuesday, declaring the health center kept charity care from 10s of countless low-income clients since at least 2012.

Washington state law needs medical facilities to let clients learn about their alternative to get charity healthcare, which can cover healthcare facility costs if clients do not have the cash to pay. The law states medical facilities need to inform clients that charity care is readily available and screen them for eligibility.

In a press conference Tuesday in Tacoma, Ferguson stated it was clear that St. Joseph’s, a not-for-profit medical facility, had “lost its way.”