Friday, May 15, 2009

JCT Staff on "The Value of Tax Exemption for Tax-Exempt Hospitals"

As part of the background materials it prepared for this week's Senate Finance Committee roundtable on health care financing, the Staff of the Joint Committee included a section on tax-exempt hospitals (starting on page 39).  It notes that its best estimate of the value of federal tax benefits in 2002 was $6.1 billion, but that figure carried with it a substantial level of uncertainty for a variety of reasons.  More importantly, the inclusion of this topic in these materials indicates that the current debate over the community benefits provided by nonprofit hospitals is likely to be overshadowed and perhaps swallowed up by the larger healthcare reform discussion.


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