CHICAGO — Still recovering from Gov. Pat Quinn’s recent call for $2.7 billion in Medicaid cuts, not-for-profit hospitals in Illinois took a second blow last week when he lifted a six-month moratorium on stripping hospitals of their property tax-exemptions for failing to provide sufficient charity care.

A long debate over whether nonprofits provide enough charity care escalated last August when the Illinois Department of Revenue moved to deny exemption applications for three hospitals for providing charity care equal to just 1% to 2% of their operating revenues.

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