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New Rules For Nonprofit Hospital Lawsuit Cases

By Paul Kiel, ProPublica. Originally posted here. Republished here under a Creative Commons license.

Nonprofit hospitals get big tax breaks for providing care for patients who can’t afford it. Under new IRS rules, hospital lawsuit cases must take extra steps to inform poor patients that they may qualify for financial assistance.

Last month, ProPublica and NPR detailed how one nonprofit hospital in Missouri sued thousands of lower-income workers who couldn’t pay their bills, then seized their wages, all while enjoying a big break on its taxes.

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