What Laws Are Requiring Interpreters in Healthcare in 2020?
For organizations receiving Medicare, Mediact or any type of reimbursment from Federal Health Programs, oral interpreters and translation of written documents are mandatory.
Federal laws and states law are requiring in 2020 healthcare interpreters and translators.
In case of violation, repercusions can be costly. Civil rights violation are not covered by malpractices insurances and represents 2.5% of all malpratices claims.
The Federal Laws Requiring Language Access
The Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Those federal laws require that healthcare providers who receive federal funds provide qualified oral interpreters and written translated documents to LEP and Deaf patients.
In 2016, a change of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act granted limited English proficiency patients (LEP) the right to sue healthcare providers for language access violation.
The States Law Requiring Language Access
The National Health Law Program stated that all 50 states now have language access laws.