|Community Benefit Requirement|
|Montana requires nonprofit hospitals to provide charity care.
Montana requires hospitals to have 1) a charity care policy “consistent with industry standards applicable to the area the facility serves and the tax status of the hospital” and 2) a written policy prohibiting discrimination based on a patient’s ability to pay. The statute also prohibits the transfer of a patient to another health care facility based on the patient’s ability to pay for care. Regardless of its tax status, a specialty hospital must have a written charity care policy that is consistent with industry standards for nonprofit hospitals. Mont. Code Ann. §50-5-121 (2009).