Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposal to revise Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires practices to distribute notices of nondiscrimination and “taglines” in 15 different languages to alert individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) to the availability of language assistance services. According to HHS, these notices have cost the healthcare industry billions of dollars, and data do not show that the notices have yielded any benefit.
However, HHS maintains in the proposed rule protections for individuals with LEP by retaining the policy to require foreign language translators and interpreter services.
ASCRS will be submitting comments on this proposal. For more information, please review the HHS Proposes to Revise ACA Section 1557 Rule factsheet.