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March 15, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Health-Law Revamp Could Curb Nonprofit Hospitals' Community Programs

Hospitals' Community-Benefit Mandates Uncertain in Obamacare Repeal: Affordable Care Act provisions requiring nonprofit medical centers to develop "community health needs assessments" and make written policies on financial aid available to patients are up in the air as congressional Republicans work to replace the law, adding to hospitals' uncertainty about the GOP plan's impact, writes The Washington Post.

Lawyer Says U. of Louisville Foundation Kept Separate Books for Pay Deals: The campus affiliate's counsel told its revamped board the foundation aimed to conceal millions of dollars in supplements to university leaders' salaries by administering the payments through limited-liability companies, Louisville TV station WDRB reports. The foundation has been racked by financial scandals involving ex-university president James Ramsey, who also headed the nonprofit.

San Francisco Housing Charities Fight Bill on Political Spending: The measure before the city Board of Supervisors would bar nonprofit affordable-housing developers from using proceeds from refinancing buildings for campaign contributions, writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Opponents say the bill would unfairly limit the groups' ability to speak out on housing issues.

Rex Tillerson Tells Charities U.S. Might Leave U.N. Human Rights Council: Responding to a call by rights groups to reaffirm America's membership, the secretary of state said he wants to see "considerable reform" to the council — which some in the administration view as hostile to Israel — and is "not taking withdrawal off the table," according to Foreign Policy.

Aussie Healthy-Eating Guru Convicted for Deceptive Giving Claims: A Canberra court found author and blogger Belle Gibson guilty of "unconscionable conduct" under Australian law for stating that most of her company's earnings go to charity while donating only a sliver of more than $300,000 (U.S.) in proceeds from cookbooks and other items, the Associated Press reports. Ms. Gibson already faced public disgrace after recanting claims that she used natural methods to cure herself of brain cancer.