WAC 182-526-0155 Appellant's representation in the hearing.
Effective December 22, 2017
- An appellant may act as his or her own representative or may choose to have someone represent him or her including, but not limited to, a friend, relative, community advocate, attorney or paralegal.
- All parties, including the health care authority (HCA) and their representatives, must provide their name, address, and telephone number to the office of administrative hearings (OAH) and all other parties prior to the hearing.
- The administrative law judge (ALJ) may require an appellant's representative to file a written notice of appearance, limited notice of appearance, or other documentation authorizing the representative to appear on behalf of the appellant.
- In cases involving confidential information, the representative must file a legally sufficient signed written consent or release of information document with HCA or HCA's authorized agent.
- If an appellant is represented by an attorney admitted to practice law in Washington state, the attorney must file a notice of appearance or limited notice of appearance and a notice of withdrawal if the attorney stops representing the party before the hearing process ends.
- The following restrictions apply to an appellant's representative:
- HCA and HCA's authorized agents do not pay for an appellant's representation.
- OAH does not pay for an appellant's representation.
- The following people may not act as an appellant's representative in a hearing under this chapter:
- An employee of HCA;
- HCA's authorized agent;
- An employee of the department of social and health services (DSHS);
- An employee of OAH; or(v) Anyone under eighteen years of age.