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Hilltop Launches New Interactive Features in
Community Benefit
State Law Profiles Comparison Tool

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has added exciting new interactive features to its Community Benefit State Law Profiles.

New enhancements added to the State Comparison Table enable a user to:   

  • Sort by a selected community benefit requirement:

To identify all states that have a particular requirement in force, click on the symbol below the relevant column heading.

  • Access state-specific details about a selected legal requirement: 

Click on the symbol in the field where the state’s row and the requirement’s column intersect. 

  • Compare the community benefit requirements of multiple states:

Click on the box next to the name of each state of interest.

To access the Profiles, click on the icon below:

Community Benefit State Law Profiles

Community Benefit Laws

The Profiles use the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) federal community benefit requirements as a framework and context for comprehensive analysis of each state’s community benefit landscape, including community benefit laws, regulations, and the tax exemptions that most states make available to nonprofit hospitals.  

This new online resource can be used:

  • As an analytic tool for assessing state regulatory approaches in the context of federal community benefit standards 
  • To identify similarities and differences in community benefit policies and in the legal landscape from state to state
  • To describe a baseline for each state’s community benefit framework that can be used to track future state-level community benefit legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives
  • To facilitate policymakers’ consideration of their states’ community benefit requirements compared to those of other states and to federal community benefit benchmarks   

For more information, contact Martha Somerville.

Hilltop’s Hospital Community Benefit Program is a central resource created specifically for state and local policymakers who seek to ensure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are responsive to pressing community health needs. The program provides tools to these and other stakeholders to use as they develop approaches that will best suit their communities. All program materials are provided for informational purposes only, not legal advice. The Hilltop Institute does not enter into attorney-client relationships.The program is funded for three years through the generous support of the Kresge Foundation ( and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (


The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a non-partisan health research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations.  Hilltop conducts research, analysis, and evaluations on behalf of government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations at the national, state, and local levels.  Hilltop is committed to addressing complex issues through informed, objective, and innovative research and analysis.

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