As used in this Act:
     “Charity care” means care provided by a health care provider for which the provider does not expect to receive payment from the patient or a third party payer.

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 210 ILCS 76/10

  • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • State: when applied to different parts of the United States, may be construed to include the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" may be construed to include the said district and territories. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.14

     “Community benefits” means the unreimbursed cost to a hospital or health system of providing charity care, language assistant services, government-sponsored indigent health care, donations, volunteer services, education, government-sponsored program services, research, and subsidized health services and collecting bad debts. “Community benefits” does not include the cost of paying any taxes or other governmental assessments.
     “Government sponsored indigent health care” means the unreimbursed cost to a hospital or health system of Medicare, providing health care services to recipients of Medicaid, and other federal, State, or local indigent health care programs, eligibility for which is based on financial need.
     “Health system” means an entity that owns or operates at least one hospital.
     “Nonprofit hospital” means a hospital that is organized as a nonprofit corporation, including religious organizations, or a charitable trust under Illinois law or the laws of any other state or country.
     “Subsidized health services” means those services provided by a hospital in response to community needs for which the reimbursement is less than the hospital’s cost of providing the services that must be subsidized by other hospital or nonprofit supporting entity revenue sources. “Subsidized health services” includes, but is not limited to, emergency and trauma care, neonatal intensive care, community health clinics, and collaborative efforts with local government or private agencies to prevent illness and improve wellness, such as immunization programs.