The Community Benefits Law, which went into effect in New Hampshire on January 1, 2000, refers to health care charitable trusts' activities that are intended to address community health needs, which may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Charity care
- Financial or in-kind support of public health programs
- Allocation of funds, property, services or other resources that contribute to community health care needs
- Donation of funds, property, services or other resources which promote or support a healthier community
- Health education and prevention activities, or services to a vulnerable population
- Support of medical research and education
- Training of health care practitioners
The law mandates that all healthcare charitable trusts with fund balances exceeding $100,000 must develop a needs assessment, a community plan, and a summary of accomplishments and submit a comprehensive report on the above to the Attorney General, Director of Charitable Trusts. This includes several Elliot Health System entities.
For more information, or to comment on our community needs assessment, plans for the future or past accomplishments, contact 663-8407.