Senate Republican leaders release tax bill

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Senate Finance Committee Chair Orin Hatch (R-UT) late yesterday released a draft of Senate Republicans’ proposal to overhaul the tax code. Unlike the House Republicans’ proposal, which passed the Ways and Means Committee yesterday on a party-line vote, the Senate proposal would not eliminate hospitals’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, advocacy, bonds

Rep. Hultgren renews push to protect tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds

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Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) is renewing a push to have House leadership protect the tax-exempt status of private-activity bonds as part of tax-reform efforts. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of 150 House members, including Hultgren, who co-chairs the Congressional Municipal Finance Caucus, expressed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, advocacy

House Republican leaders release tax overhaul proposal

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Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today unveiled House Republican leaders’ proposal to reform the tax code. Among other changes, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act would eliminate hospitals’ ability to access low-cost capital financing through tax-exempt private activity bonds. In addition, the bill would... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Coverage, bonds, governance, uncompensated care, workforce

Hospitals Are Essential Anchors in Their Communities

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Recent events have reminded us that in times of crisis, whether natural or man-made, hospitals are always there, ready to care. From Texas and Florida to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, America’s hospitals and health systems are clearly essential anchors in their communities.

In addition to providing quality... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, access

Study: Hospital community benefits exceed federal tax exemption 11 to 1

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As Congress turns to tax reform, a new analysis prepared by Ernst & Young for the AHA finds that hospitals’ and health systems’ community benefit activities outweigh the value of their federal tax exemption by a factor of 11 to one. According to the report, non-profit hospitals in 2013, the most recent... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

AHA releases community conversations resource

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The AHA today released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. “These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, rural, access

AHA urges improved guidance for tax-exempt hospitals

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The AHA today urged the Department of Treasury to issue guidance clarifying that hospitals are promoting health for the benefit of the community as a whole when they address housing, nutrition, transportation and other social determinants of health. “We urge issuance of formal guidance recognizing what... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, socioeconomic status, Community benefit, ACO

Illinois Supreme Court voids adverse hospital tax exemption decision

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The Illinois Supreme Court today vacated an appellate court decision that declared the state’s property tax exemption standard for hospitals unconstitutional, concluding that the appellate court did not have jurisdiction to take the appeal. In a friend-of-the-court brief, AHA had urged the court to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Community benefit

Virginia hospitals provide $2.9 billion in community support

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Virginia hospitals and health systems provided $2.92 billion in community benefit and other types of community support in 2015, according to the latest annual report on community benefit by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. In addition to their role as providers of essential health services,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Community benefit, Community health

Hospitals are economic engines

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Hospitals’ contribution to their communities extends far beyond their role as health care cornerstones. As the most recent update of our annual report on hospitals’ economic impact makes clear, they also are economic anchors, providing the stability and growth that contributes greatly to the financial... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, workforce

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