Challenging an Unconstitutional
Hospital Charity Care Law
LAF's Public Benefits Practice Group files a case
to protect access to health care for the poor
This month, Carrie Chapman, one of LAF’s attorneys in our Public Benefits Practice Group, filed a lawsuit claiming a new definition of charity care for tax-exempt hospitals violates the Illinois state constitution.
This AP story
profiles her clients and the suit they’re pursuing. Carrie explains that, to be considered a non-profit hospital and to gain the tax-exempt status that goes with that, a hospital must give free services to patients who cannot afford to pay for them. She argues that the new definitions in the revenue code ”impermissibly and unconstitutionally broaden” the definition of what hospitals need to do to qualify for these tax exemptions, at the cost of the poorest members of our community.
We’re proud of the work she is doing for LAF’s clients and their communities. Way to go Carrie!