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Perspectives on Healthcare Tax Exemption

Held Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Health Lawyers' Spring/Summer 2004 public interest teleconference series concluded with Perspectives on Healthcare Tax Exemption. The speakers were:

  • William J. Cox, President/CEO of the Alliance for Catholic Healthcare;
  • Carl Weissburg, of counsel to Foley and Lardner, counsel to the Board of the Federation of American Hospitals, executive director and legal counsel to the United Hospital Association, and general counsel to the California Healthcare Association;
  • Stan Jenkins, Chairman of the Champaign County (Illinois) Board of Review; and
  • T.J. Sullivan (moderator), a partner with Gardner Carton and Douglas LLP. Mr. Sullivan is a past member of AHLA's Board and chair of AHLA's 2003 and 2004 conference on tax issues.

Mr. Sullivan engaged Messrs. Cox, Weissburg, and Jenkins in a discussion of healthcare tax exemption and recent developments that have brought that issue into the news. Topics included:

  • The history and legal basis of healthcare tax-exempt status;
  • State and local government challenges to healthcare tax-exempt ion, including revocation of the tax-exempt status of Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, IL;
  • IRS scrutiny of executive compensation in tax-exempt organizations; and
  • Recent Congressional hearings on charity oversight and reform and on pricing practices of tax-exempt hospitals.
  • Recent class-action lawsuits against tax-exempt hospitals on behalf of the uninsured.

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The Spring 2004 Conversations with Policymakers teleconference series was made possible through the generous support of six health law organizations. Health Lawyers sincerely appreciates the support of the following sponsors:
Duane Morris LLP
Epstein Becker & Green PC
Holland & Knight LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
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