What is required under Title VI and Section 1557 to ensure Language Access for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency?

Executive Summary

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prevent discrimination against individuals with limited English proficiency. Recently finalized regulations from the Office for Civil Rights reiterate longstanding requirements to ensure effective communication. This issue brief offers an explanation of applicable laws and guidance for language assistance services providers, health care providers and policymakers.

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