The Hastings Center: Medical Interpretation in the United States is Inadequate and Harmful to Patients

Limited English proficient (LEP) people interact with health care providers, government agencies, and other organizations just as anyone else does  – seeking health care at doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals; hotline, 911, or information line calls; emergency services such as police, fire, and urgent health care; outreach programs; public meetings and hearings; public access to […]

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Generational Language Use & the Future of Interpretation

Speaking another language requires its own unique skill set. Like any aptitude, foreign language skills need to be practiced regularly to retain their sharpness and vitality. The more you use your language, the better your ability to retain and improve proficiency. But what happens if you stop? What happens if you use your family’s native […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court and Section 1557’s new health care civil rights regulations

The U.S. Supreme Court’s late June decision (LOPER BRIGHT ENTERPRISES v. RAIMONDO, SECRETARY OF COMMERCE) overturning what is referred to as Chevron deference to agency interpretations of “ambiguous” statutes will have many significant, if presently unknown, consequences. The consequences may encompass challenges to include language and disability access requirements across many different areas – health care, […]

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Spoken Language and Disability Access Requirements of the New Section 1557 Health Care Civil Rights Rules

Spoken Language and Disability Access Requirements of the New Section 1557 Health Care Civil Rights Rules

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (Section 1557) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, language, age, disability, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics), in covered, health programs or activities. See: 42 U.S.C. §18116 et seq. On May 6, 2024, HHS released the long-awaited the Section […]

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Can’t read, won’t buy

Based on a survey of 8,709 consumers in 29 countries across Europe, Asia, North America, and South America, CSA Research found that 76 percent of online shoppers prefer to buy products with information in their native language. Forty percent state that they will never buy from websites in other languages.  Reading time: 6 mins  |  […]

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