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Coalition to Quinn: Illinois nonprofit hospitals could keep tax exemptions by meeting standard

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
February 27, 2012

(Associated Press) First Posted: February 27, 2012 - 6:00 pm

CARLA K. JOHNSON  AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO — A coalition of health care advocates has a proposal for how nonprofit hospitals in Illinois can keep their tax exemptions.

The Fair Care Coalition has proposed to Gov. Pat Quinn's office that each hospital provide 6 percent of its total revenue for charitable benefits. Eighty percent of that amount would have to be in the form of free or discounted care for the poor.

The Illinois Hospital Association has been opposed to similar proposals in the past.

Last year, the Illinois Department of Revenue denied tax exemptions to three hospitals, citing an Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

Quinn later ordered state officials not to issue any new rulings, saying he hoped to work with the hospital industry to find a legislative compromise. Quinn set March 1 as a deadline for recommendations.

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