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Hilltop Updates its Community Benefit State Law Profiles
and Publishes New Issue Brief

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has just released an update of its online resource, the Community Benefit State Law Profiles, and has published a new issue brief in its Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA series.

State Profiles map

Hilltop updated the Profiles—a compilation of each state’s community benefit laws and regulations, analyzed in the context of the ACA’s community benefit framework—to reflect changes that occurred between the initial publication of the Profiles in March 2013 and December 31, 2014. Each state’s Profile can be individually accessed through an interactive map on the Hospital Community Benefit Program website or by clicking on the adjacent image. In addition, the interactive state comparison table now includes maps for a visual representation of each community benefit requirement, and a new feature that allows the user to compare not only state to state, but also requirement to requirement. Click here for a summary of notable changes.

The issue brief, titled Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA: State Law Changes and Promotion of Community Health, examines state-level community benefit oversight by studying specific changes to community benefit statutes, regulations, and policies in 5 states—Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York—selected from among the 40 states known to provide oversight of any type. The changes enacted by these five states illustrate the diverse ways in which state-level policy is evolving.

For more information, contact Gayle Nelson, Hospital Community Benefit Program Director.


The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a nationally recognized policy and research center 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’s Hospital Community Benefit Program is a central resource created specifically for state and local policymakers who seek to assure that tax-exempt hospital community benefit activities are more responsive to pressing community health needs. The program provides tools to state and local health departments, hospital regulators, legislators, revenue collection and budgeting agencies, and hospitals, as these stakeholders develop approaches that will best suit their communities and work toward a more accessible, coordinated, and effective community health system. 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 by the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ( and the Kresge Foundation (
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