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Hilltop Releases Second Issue Brief Related to
 Community Benefit State Law Profiles

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has just released a second issue brief related to its online resource, the Community Benefit State Law Profiles. This brief, Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA: Policy Implications of the State Law Landscape, describes state community benefit requirements organized into eight categories that largely reflect either pre-existing federal community benefit standards or additional requirements set forth in §9007 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It also compares and contrasts various states and discusses the policy implications of the findings.

The first issue brief, Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA: The State Law Landscape, presented the Profiles’ findings and began the analysis to facilitate a better understanding of each state’s community benefit landscape and its significance in the context of national health reform.

The Community Benefit State Law Profiles are a compilation of each state’s community benefit laws and regulations, analyzed in the context of the ACA’s community benefit framework. Each state’s Profile can be individually accessed through an interactive map on the Hospital Community Benefit Program website.

For more information, contact Gayle Nelson.


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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