Non-discrimination notice requirements under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Oct. 16, 2016.
The law requires health care providers and other covered entities to publicly post and disseminate non-discrimination notices and the availability of qualified interpreters and language assistance services (e.g., translated documents and oral interpretation). For detailed information on the requirements, access PAMED's Quick Consult here.
We've received questions from our members in search of language resources they can use to help them comply with Section 1557. Physicians and practices have asked PAMED how to obtain the notice requirement taglines for the top 15 languages spoken by individuals with limited English proficiency in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, there's a resource that can help.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers templates for the Notice of Nondiscrimination, Statement of Nondiscrimination, and Tagline in all languages. You can enter your information into the templates and print them. The templates can be found here.
As of August 2016, the top 15 languages in Pennsylvania are as follows: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Pennsylvania Dutch, Korean, Italian, Arabic, French, German, Gujarati, Polish, French Creole (Haitian Creole), Mom-Khmer Cambodian, and Portuguese. HHS will continue to update this online resource with top languages for each state.
Additional Language Resources
Those looking for more information on how to obtain qualified interpreters and language assistance services can check out these resources and services: