Limited English Proficiency

Helpful Links and Background Information

  • February 1, 2010 — Mathematica Research Brief Finds Use of Professionally Trained Interpreters Increases Patient and Provider Satisfaction.
  • July 10, 2009 — Department of Justice Memorandum: Strengthening of Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
  • February 17, 2009 — American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Mandates Collection of Data on Primary Language in Health Information Technology Requirements…mandate will provide first comprehensive understanding of language use in health care.
  • September 2, 2008 — HHS’ Office for Civil Rights and Hawaii Department of Human Services Sign Title VI Voluntary Agreement. New agreement helps ensure Limited English Proficient persons have equal access to health and human services
  • March 2008 — Know Your Rights. New brochure of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency for recipients of services.
  • December 28, 2007 –– Summary of State Law Requirements Addressing Language Needs in Health Care. New review of state law LEP requirements prepared by National Health Law Program.
  • September 14, 2004 — LEP policy defended by Alliance on Fox News Channel
  • August 30, 2004 — ProEnglish files lawsuit seeking to overturn federal LEP policy in health
  • May 2004 — American Journal of Public Health published research shows interpreter services in health care cost average of $279 per LEP person and improves care and prevention.
  • January 6, 2004 — Alliance Calls on DHHS to Mandate Meaningful Access for LEP Persons.
  • November 20, 2003 — Revised Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons. Article in Spanish
  • April 29, 2003 — How to file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Article in Spanish
  • November 12, 2002 — Assistant Attorney General Memorandum on Tools to Ensure Implementation and Understanding of Executive Order 13166 with HOT LINKS to brochures and implementation tools.
  • July 8, 2002 — Assistant Attorney General Memorandum to Heads of Federal Agencies, General Counsels, and Civil Rights Directors concerning Executive Order 13166 (Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency)
  • June 12, 2002 — DOJ Final LEP Guidance Signed 6-12-02