OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN HOSPITALS.
This bill requires acute care hospitals to ensure that interpreter services are available to 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, 2015
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. Among other things, hospitals must (1) prepare and maintain a list of qualified interpreters, (2) post multilingual notices about interpreter availability, and (3) establish liaisons to the non-English speaking communities in their geographic service areas (CGS § 19a-490i).
Public Health Committee