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Nurses’ union: Legislature should set charity care level for nonprofit hospitals
The Mercury News

A nurses’ union urged state lawmakers Wednesday to set a minimum level of charity care for all nonprofit hospitals in exchange for their lucrative, tax-exempt status. “We are calling on state officials to pass legislation to rein in the abuses we have seen,” said Michael Lighty, public policy director for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. CNA released a study Wednesday concluding that beyond what they delivered in charity care, California’s nonprofit hospitals in 2010 received more than $1.8 billion in government subsidies and benefits from their tax exemption.