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Maintaining Charity Care

Nonprofit hospitals seeking to sell or change ownership must get approval from the Attorney General (AG), who evaluates whether the transaction will have a significant effect on the availability or accessibility of health care services to the affected community. The AG often requires hospitals to maintain their charity care programs as a condition of approving the transaction, along with other conditions to ensure essential health care services are available to the community. A number of hospitals have gone back and asked the AG to allow them to reduce their charity care obligations. Health Access opposes these requests because charity care continues to be a needed and valued part of the safety net.