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CHA Campaign Opposes State-Mandated Charity Care Standards for Nonprofit Hospitals
New video describes impact of AB 975 on local communities

CHA issued the attached media statement today in opposition to AB 975 (Wieckowski/Bonta), coinciding with the release of a video portraying the damaging impact the bill would have on not-for-profit hospitals and the communities they serve. Scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Health Committee tomorrow, AB 975 aims to establish a “guilty until proven innocent” hurdle for not-for-profit hospitals to overcome if their operating margin exceeds 10 percent in any given year. The bill targets nonprofit hospitals’ tax status with artificial standards that would harm the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and place health care services at risk. Critically important services like cancer research and screening, trauma centers, emergency services, burn units, neonatal care and training for health care professionals would face cutbacks or elimination.

The video is one component of a comprehensive public advocacy campaign CHA has launched to increase opinion leader and lawmaker awareness of the importance of nonprofit hospitals and the diverse array of community benefit programs they provide in communities throughout California.