Ensuring Linguistic Access in Health Care Settings: Legal Rights & Responsibilities

Organization: 
National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
Author: 
Perkins, Jane
Author: 
Youdelman, Mara
Author: 
Wong, Doreena
Published Date: 
2003

This comprehensive manual (a revision of the 1998 original) shows advocates and providers how to overcome language barriers to obtain appropriate medical care for their clients. It outlines language access responsibilities under federal and state law, as well as in the private sector, and offers recommendations for addressing identified problems. This manual is designed to assist advocates, policy makers, and providers in understanding the current status of language access and the legal protections that govern it. Baseline facts, checklists, and legal/policy recommendations are highlighted throughout.

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