Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age by any health program that receives federal funding. New regulations have created major changes to the law of language access that now require the use of qualified interpreters and significantly restrict the use of untrained family members and friends, minor children, and untrained bilingual staff as medical interpreters.
This expands the legal duty of healthcare providers to offer meaningful language access to each individual who is likely to be encountered. Failure to provide language services will be in violation of Section 1557. It is really important that healthcare providers understand the changing language needs of the market and develop language access plans to meet them.
View our webinar, “Major Changes to the ACA: How Will They Affect Your Language Access Program?” to better understand the new regulations.
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