Six hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi violate regulations protecting low-income patients

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is urging a half dozen hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi this week to comply with federal laws and regulations designed to protect low-income patients from harsh collection practices.

The SPLC discovered that the hospitals, which are believed to benefit from a tax-exempt, nonprofit status due to their mission to serve patients regardless of income, are failing to comply with IRS regulations requiring such hospitals to maintain a financial assistance policy that outlines the assistance provided by the hospital as well as its billing and collection practices.

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