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Testimony Before Pennsylvania Auditor General
On hospital support of Senate Bill 4 (Mar 2015)

Sample Op-Ed
On Senate Bill 4 (Mar 2015)

Sample Letter to Editor
On Senate Bill 4 (Mar 2015)

Fact Sheet
On Senate Bill 4 (Mar 2015)

Charity Care & Financial Aid Guidelines for PA Hospitals
Guidelines for maintaining charity care and financial aid policies that comply with applicable laws and regulations (Jun 2012)

Message Points
On Senate Bill 4 (Mar 2015)

Message Points
On Constitutional amendment

Letter to the Editor
On how tax-exempt status allows hospitals to help communities (Mar 2015)

Letter to the Editor
On why it's wrong to tax charitable nonprofits (Dec 2014)

DVHC Impact

During 2013, southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals provided $2.7 billion in free or subsidized health care, medical education and research, and community improvement. Having clear and uniform criteria for not-for-profit status determined by the legislature allows southeastern PA hospitals to continue to provide this level of community services. DVHC is working with a coalition of Philadelphia-based not-for-profits to protect their tax-exempt status.

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Pennsylvania’s Not-for-Profit Hospitals Face Challenges to Their Tax-Exempt Status

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act place additional requirements on hospitals seeking to maintain federal tax exemption. In addition, a 2012 state Supreme Court decision has made Pennsylvania’s not-for-profit hospitals and health systems vulnerable to challenges to their exemption from state and local taxes.

In addition to helping its members to comply with the Affordable Care Act, HAP is working on the state legislative front to uphold the tenets of Pennsylvania’s vanguard Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act (Act 55 of 1997) to reduce the likelihood of challenges to hospitals’ tax status. Doing so will free essential hospital resources to focus on their patients and communities.

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