Updated State Guidelines Issued for Hospital Community Benefits Spending

Massachusetts Attorney General Healey’s office announced updated guidelines today for non-profit Hospitals and HMOs obliged under state and federal law to invest in community benefits in exchange for their tax-exempt status.  The new guidelines emphasize “community engagement, collaboration… and investments in statewide priorities” including housing instability and homelessness.  

The updated guidelines are fully effective starting in Hospital fiscal year 2019, with an interim launch in fiscal year 2018 for elements that can be appropriately introduced then.