The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a rule to help medical and insurance providers comply with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1557 deals with nondiscrimination, and a significant portion of HHS’s rule focuses on the care of Limited-English Proficient (LEP) patients. This builds on the precedent set by Title VI, which prohibited national origin discrimination and mandated interpreter access in healthcare.
As of October 16th, 2016, all covered organizations are required to achieve compliance with Section 1557. To help, CyraCom has compiled this five-step reference to complying with the language access provisions of 1557.