OLR Bill Analysis

SB 856

AN ACT CONCERNING LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN HOSPITALS.

SUMMARY:

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

BACKGROUND

Interpreter Services

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).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

26

Nay

0

(03/04/2015)