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AB-2304 Private nonprofit hospitals: community benefits.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2304


Introduced by Assembly Member Logue

February 21, 2014


An act to amend Section 127340 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2304, as introduced, Logue. Private nonprofit hospitals: community benefits.
Existing law requires private not-for-profit hospitals to, among other things, adopt and update a community benefits plan for providing community benefits either alone, in conjunction with other health care providers, or through other organizational arrangements. Existing law makes certain findings and declarations regarding the social obligation of private not-for-profit hospitals to provide community benefits in the public interest.
This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 127340 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

127340.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a)  Private not-for-profit hospitals meet certain needs of their communities through the provision of by providing essential health care and other services. Public recognition of their unique status has led to favorable tax treatment by the government. In exchange, nonprofit hospitals assume a social obligation to provide community benefits in the public interest.
(b)  Hospitals and the environment in which they operate have undergone dramatic changes. The pace of change will accelerate in response to health care reform. In light of this, significant public benefit would be derived if private not-for-profit hospitals reviewed and reaffirmed periodically their commitment to assist in meeting their communities’ health care needs by identifying and documenting benefits provided to the communities which they serve.
(c)  California’s private not-for-profit hospitals provide a wide range of benefits to their communities in addition to those reflected in the financial data reported to the state.
(d)  Unreported community benefits that are often provided but not otherwise reported include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1)  Community-oriented wellness and health promotion.
(2)  Prevention services, including, but not limited to, health screening, immunizations, school examinations, and disease counseling and education.
(3)  Adult day care.
(4)  Child care.
(5)  Medical research.
(6)  Medical education.
(7)  Nursing and other professional training.
(8)  Home-delivered meals to the homebound.
(9)  Sponsorship of free food, shelter, and clothing to the homeless.
(10)  Outreach clinics in socioeconomically depressed areas.
(e)  Direct provision of goods and services, as well as preventive programs, should be emphasized by hospitals in the development of community benefit plans.