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Leveraging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Nonprofit Hospital Requirements to Expand Access and Improve Health in Low-Income Communities

By Anna Dunbar-Hester, Jessica Curtis & Corey S. Davis

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the tax code to improve the community benefit delivered by nonprofit hospitals. The Act protects against aggressive billing and debt collection, encourages transparency in financial assistance policies, and requires public health and community input in assessing and meeting community health needs. Advocates can push for stronger protections on the state and local level by monitoring compliance, educating officials and consumers, and participating in community-health-needs assessments.

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