Connect & Follow Us

Go Back

USA Today Article: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Presses Gov. Quinn to Resume Thursday Considerations, Re: Charity Care and Hospital Tax-exemptions

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
March 1, 2012

Read the full article

Posted 8:26 PM Feb 29, 2012

By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (WTW) — With hospitals and consumer groups failing to find a compromise, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn faced pressure to stick to his Thursday deadline and authorize rulings that could strip some nonprofit health care institutions of valuable tax exemptions.

Negotiations between hospital leaders and consumer advocates ended Wednesday afternoon in Springfield without a common framework or standard for hospital property tax exemptions, said Illinois Hospital Association spokesman Danny Chun. He described the two-hour meeting as "productive and cordial." The hospital group wants the talks to continue, Chun said.

But others say the discussions, which Quinn orchestrated, have failed and they prodded him to act. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle pressed Quinn to direct the Department of Revenue to resume Thursday considering whether hospitals should be granted or denied tax-exempt status based on a 2010 Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

A consumer coalition also is calling on Quinn to authorize more rulings on the tax-exempt status of hospitals. The Fair Care Coalition accused the Illinois Hospital Association of "foot-dragging" during talks. The coalition plans to demonstrate outside a Chicago hotel Thursday where hospital trustees will be taking part in a breakfast meeting. Read the full post...