Community Benefit Spending By Tax-Exempt Hospitals Changed Little After ACA
Author: Gary J. Young, Stephen Flaherty, E. David Zepeda, Simone Rauscher Singh, Geri Rosen Cramer
Provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) encouraged tax-exempt hospitals to invest broadly in community health benefits. Four years after the ACA’s enactment, hospitals had increased their average spending for all community benefits by 0.5 percentage point, from 7.6 percent of their operating expenses in 2010 to 8.1 percent in 2014.