PA 15-34—SB 856

Public Health Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS IN HOSPITALS

SUMMARY: This act requires acute care hospitals to ensure that interpreter services are available to non-English speaking patients whose primary language is spoken by at least 5% of the population residing in the hospital's geographic service area. Prior law required hospitals to do so only to the extent possible.

By law, acute care hospitals must 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).

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

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