Challenging an Unconstitutional Hospital Charity Care Law

This week, one of LAF’s attorneys, Carrie Chapman, 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 currently arguing.  Carrie explains that  to be considered a non-profit hospital, and to gain the tax-exempt status that goes with that, the 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 broadened” 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!

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