Breaking News Bar
updated: 6/4/2013 5:23 PM

Lawsuit calls hospital charity care law unconstitutional

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

Two low-income Illinois women have filed a lawsuit claiming a new definition of charity care for tax-exempt hospitals violates the state constitution.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Cook County circuit court in Chicago. Plaintiffs Aracely Sebastian and Maria Maldonado want the court to declare a law passed last year unconstitutional.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Their attorney, Caroline Chapman, says changes made to the state revenue code unconstitutionally broadened the definition of what hospitals need to do to qualify for lucrative tax exemptions.

The Illinois Department of Revenue and its director are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Department spokeswoman Susan Hofer says the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Illinois Hospital Association spokesman Danny Chun says last year's law was "carefully drafted" to keep the constitution in mind.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.