Hospital Community Benefits Plans

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Most recent plans are available online at Community Benefits Plans.

Previous plans are available online for up to 5 years prior to the most recent plans. To obtain copies of plans for prior years, visit the Community Benefits Plan Archive.


In its 1998 Senate Bill 697 Report to the Legislature, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) reported on the first round of hospital community benefit reporting and presented recommendations for future community benefit planning and reporting. Overall, OSHPD found that the legislation encouraged hospitals to work collaboratively with community partners and provided a conducive framework for meaningful contributions by not-for-profit hospitals.

OSHPD is the equivalent of the "public library" for private, non-profit hospitals' community benefit plans. The following units within OSHPD are involved in handling the plans and related issues:

  • Information Services Division / Accounting and Reporting Systems Section
    Receives the plans and conducts policy analysis on reporting issues. A draft  Planners Guide is available to assist hospital staff in developing a community benefit plan.
  • Information Services Division / Healthcare Information Resource Center (HIRC)
    Handles public requests for copies of the community benefit plans.
  • Healthcare Workforce Development Division
    Responsible for working with the Information Services Division in synthesizing information made available through the community needs assessment process and distributing it to local entities in their community capacity building efforts.

State law, created by SB 697 (Torres, 1994), requires all private, non-profit hospitals to “assume a social obligation to provide community benefits in the public interest” in exchange for their tax-exempt status.  To do this, these hospitals are required to:

  • Conduct a community needs assessment every three years
  • Develop a community benefit plan in consultation with the community
  • Annually submit a copy of its plan to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

*This state requirement does not apply to government-owned and rural hospitals and is independent of a similar requirement in the federal Affordable Care Act.

This page was last updated on Monday, March 5, 2018.

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