A lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court against the Illinois Department of Revenue claims changes made in 2012 to the state’s charity care law that governs not-for-profit hospitals violates the state constitution, according to published reports.

The lawsuit was filed by two low-income women who charge that the changes hurt the ability of low-income residents to obtain free care. It alleges that the changes “impermissibly and unconstitutionally broadened” the definition of how hospitals can qualify for perks that include an exemption from property taxes and access to the tax-exempt market through the Illinois Finance Authority.

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