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Bill Requires Non-Profit Hospitals to Disclose Spending on Charity Care

California’s more than 200 non-profit hospitals claim billions of dollars in federal and state tax exemptions annually. In exchange for that tax relief, they’re required to offer free and discounted health care for the poor and benefits like free vaccinations or disease prevention programs for their communities.

Non-profits don’t distribute earnings to shareholders like for-profit hospitals do and instead plow them back into the organization.