Language services tool for health care providers

The Access Project and the National Health Law Program have developed a resource to help health care providers and others ensure that people with limited English proficiency receive appropriate language assistance services in medical settings, which is called the Language Services Action Kit.

The kit, which costs $25, has information on obtaining federal funding for language services for patients covered by Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Federal laws require health care providers to offer language services such as interpretation and translation, yet these services can be expensive. In addition, the need for language services in the health care setting is on the rise because the number of people with limited English proficiency in the United States is growing.

The materials in the kit:

  • explain the federal laws and policies that require health care providers to ensure access to services for people with limited English proficiency;
  • describe models that some states have adopted to reimburse health care providers for language services;
  • list resources for additional information about language services.

To place an order and find out more, visit www.accessproject.org/projects.htm.