St. Jude Says It Is Safe From Obamacare Fines
(Memphis) News Channel 3 answers questions about Obamacare and non-profit hospitals like St. Jude Children’s Hospital losing money.
Information on several websites has parents worried about their children’s care.
On Your Side Investigator Stephanie Scurlock found out the truth.
Two-year-old Aaron and his three-year-old brother, Adrian, are both St. Jude patients.
“He’s actually been here since he was 3 months, even before that because I was pregnant when I came to St. Jude,” said Alejandra Garza, mother.
They’re being treated for myelodysplastic syndrome, pre-luekemia.
“It’s been a life saver because my sons got a second opportunity to live,” said Garza.
The world class treatment doesn’t cost Garza or any of the other parents any money.
Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment.
Some bloggers say that is the sticking point that could hurt the hospital under the new Affordable Care Act.
A Forbes article says it will threaten the tax-exempt status of charity hospitals.
Website PoorRichardsNews says Obamacare will fine hospitals that provide free health services to the poor.
The article had St. Jude’s picture attached to it but the hospital asked them to remove it and sent WREG-TV this statement.
“Implementation of the Affordable Care Act does not impact the way in which St. Jude provides care,” wrote spokesperson, Carrie Strehlau.
She also said, “St. Jude anticipates no problems in meeting all requirements of ACA.”
The hospital says many of its services have never been covered by insurance and 75% of the funds needed to operate the hospital come from donors.
Hearing St. Jude’s fund are safe from any Obamacare sanctions is good news to Garza who calls the hospital a life line for her children, “For me the hospital is everything thank God for them.”
While St. Jude doesn’t anticipate any fines, the Affordable Care Act requires tax-exempt hospitals to do a community needs survey and file paperwork with the IRS every three years to show they are still needed.
If they don’t do this, then they face fines and losing their tax exempt status.