(Olympia, WA) -- Washington's Attorney General is filing a lawsuit against Kadlec and several Providence-affiliated facilities around the state, including one in Walla Walla, for failing to make sure eligible low-income residents get discounts on care. The state's charity care law protects low-income Washingtonians from out-of-pocket hospital costs. The AG's office says they'll also file a motion for a preliminary injunction, unless the hospitals agree to stop their conduct while the case is ongoing. Providence hospitals sent to collections more than 50-thousand accounts of charity care eligible patients.

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