CHA News Article

Hospitals Oppose AB 503
Legislation would cripple critical health care services, conflicts with ACA

CHA announced yesterday its opposition to AB 503 (Wieckowski, D-Fremont and Bonta, D-Alameda), a bill that is nearly identical to 2013’s AB 975 (Wieckowski/Bonta), which was debated and soundly defeated in the Assembly last year. AB 503 is an unreasonable and costly attempt to redefine charity care for all hospitals and community benefit standards of nonprofit hospitals in California. The bill would negatively impact the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and result in cuts to a wide variety of community health care services.

“The minor differences in AB 503 are even more harmful than last year’s bill because they would cripple community benefit programs provided by nonprofit hospitals in diverse communities across the state,” said CHA President/CEO C. Duane Dauner. “Every nonprofit hospital is serving its community in a transparent and effective way. Instead of replaying worn out allegations, we need to move forward to ensure implementation of the ACA and safeguard access to affordable quality care.”   

To read CHA’s complete statement, visit