OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN HOSPITALS.
This bill requires acute care hospitals to ensure the availability of interpreter services for patients whose primary language is spoken by at least 5% of the population residing in the hospital's geographic service area. Current law requires hospitals to do so only to the extent possible.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014
The law requires acute care hospitals to undertake a number of activities to ensure that patients who do not speak English have access to their services, including (1) preparing and maintaining a list of qualified interpreters, (2) posting multilingual notices regarding the availability of interpreters, and (3) establishing liaisons with non-English speaking communities in their geographic service areas (CGS § 19a-490i).
Public Health Committee