I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but better to be prepared and know you’re violating a law than to violate it and end up in court being prosecuted for unknowingly discriminating against speakers of 15 of the top foreign languages, right?
Slator.com did an article on this and I can’t improve upon it so here is a short excerpt from their article:
A US federal law requiring translation services for limited English proficiency patients has left America’s dentists scrambling to find a solution. Pushing back, Arizona’s dentists joined several dental associations from around the country in pleading for more time to comply.
The translation requirement, part of the nondiscrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act, came into effect July 18, 2016. The law requires health service providers participating in the US Medicaid and Medicare programs to provide translations for the top 15 non-English languages spoken in their state.
And if you’re just dying to read the entire Federal Rule you’re breaking, you can go here.
One more reason to vote against any politician who likes to layer on little-known federal rules without input from those who’re affected by the laws. Ugh.
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