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Charities should provide charity care

Charities should provide charity care
Despite hospitals’ arguing that Obamacare makes it unnecessary for them to care for the poor, California has adopted a policy requiring nonprofit hospitals to earn that tax-favored status by–surprise!–providing charity care. To coin a phrase: damn straight. The faith expressed in Obamacare is touching, actually, considering the Herculean efforts being made by this Administration and... Read more »

How to Make Republicans Pay for Giving Us Trumpcare

How to Make Republicans Pay for Giving Us Trumpcare
The best way to make Republicans pay for giving us Trumpcare is for the Democrats to introduce a bill extending Medicare to people ages 50 to 64. This will highlight the contrast with a bill which raises premiums dramatically for that (our) age group. Make the Republicans block it. We old folks don’t forget, and... Read more »

And the nonprofit tax exemption beat goes on: can hospitals be considered charities anymore?

And the nonprofit tax exemption beat goes on: can hospitals be considered charities anymore?
This article reviews the changes in health care which make more tenuous hospitals’ claims for nonprofit tax exemption.  If Medicaid or insurance will reimburse them for every bit of care they provide, how can they be providing charity care?  And if they’re not providing charity care, why should they be considered eligible for nonprofit tax... Read more »
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Local governments and nonprofit organizations: can this marriage be saved?

Local governments and nonprofit organizations: can this marriage be saved?
Local governments and nonprofit organizations: can this marriage be saved? As the Nonprofiteer predicted long ago, the fights between local governments and nonprofit organizations over taxes are growing rather than subsiding.  This article about Louisiana’s re-evaluation of property tax exemptions for nonprofits and this one about a Louisiana hospital’s decision to give up its 501c3... Read more »

When is a nonprofit health insurer just another greedy insurance company?

Finally someone calls out a BlueCross BlueShield licensee for what it is: a business operating under the protection of nonprofit status, rather than a true nonprofit health insurer.  Admittedly the Nonprofiteer has a dog in this fight, having been insured by the selfsame licensee, Health Care Services Corporation, until it discontinued her PPO policy and... Read more »

Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofits: The Beat Goes On

Property Tax Exemption for Nonprofits: The Beat Goes On
This review of the past year’s decisions about what constitutes a “charity” for the purposes of property tax exemption reminds the Nonprofiteer that ravenous municipal and state governments are not going to look away any time soon from the wealthy hospitals and universities in their midst. Perhaps they’ll continue to negotiate PILOTs (Payments in Lieu... Read more »
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Fair's fair and that's fair: regulate guns like abortions. Better yet, regulate guns instead of abortions.

The Nonprofiteer is disappointed that this Missouri legislation doesn’t include all the restrictions on gun purchase proposed in a post from Janis Ian making its way around Facebook: But it’s a good start.  

New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients

New research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients
Here’s some new research on the subject of doctors soliciting donations from patients.  Query whether the ‘discomfort’ many doctors report in soliciting donations from patients is distinguishable from the discomfort most people report in soliciting donations in general.  Who likes to ask for money?  And especially in hospitals, it wouldn’t be unreasonable for doctors to... Read more »

Donations by wealthy patients: why not?

Donations by wealthy patients: why not?
The Nonprofiteer is shocked, shocked! that some medical centers are asking doctors to help secure donations by wealthy patients.  Because after all, with every possible medical need met by our current system, why should hospitals even think about getting additional money? What’s that you say?  There are still unmet needs?  Then asking people who have... Read more »
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State Payments to Nonprofits during the Illinois Budget Impasse: An Update

State Payments to Nonprofits during the Illinois Budget Impasse: An Update
State Payments to Nonprofits During Budget Impasse The Executive Service Corps reports: In a conference call on Tuesday, September 8 with 23 members of her Nonprofit Advisory Council, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger talked about the process that nonprofits can follow to request and expedite payments from the state. . . . If you are... Read more »
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