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Executive Order 13166

Issued by President Clinton in August 2000 regarding improving access to services for persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)


pdf Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons

The United States Department of Justice and Nuclear Regulatory Commission have created this easy to understand guide for recipients of Federal financial assistance concerning their legal authority, coverage, obligations, language service options, and possible needs appropriate plans for Limited English Proficient populations.


pdf Immigrant Access to Health Benefits: A Resource Manual  

This is a primer on health access for immigrants. It details and explains basic eligibility requirements for key federal and state programs and identifies issues that can be significant barriers to access to health care for immigrants and their families.


pdf Know Your Rights Beneficiary Brochure

Developed by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency.


pdf  Language Access: Helping Non-English Speakers Navigate Health and Human Services

This is a National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Children’s Policy Initiative brief on federal and state responses to the series of federal guidances since 2000 related to meaningful access for Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons.  


LEP.gov

LEP.gov promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federal programs and federally assisted programs. The website supports fair, reasoned and consistent implementation of Executive Order 13166, Title VI, and the Title VI regulations regarding language access. The site also acts as a clearinghouse, providing and linking to information, tools, and technical assistance regarding Limited English Proficiency and language services for federal agencies, recipients of federal funds, users of federal programs and federally assisted programs, and other stakeholders.  LEP.gov is created by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency. That Working Group was created at the request of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. The Working Group includes members representing more than 35 federal agencies.


pdf National Code of Ethics for Interpreters in Health Care

Through a consensus building process, the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care has developed a Code of Ethics that would guide the practice of interpreters working in health care venues.  


pdf National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care 

The following national standards issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services? (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) respond to the need to ensure that all people entering the health care system receive equitable and effective treatment in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. These standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) are proposed as a means to correct inequities that currently exist in the provision of health services and to make these services more responsive to the individual needs of all patients/consumers.


pdf National Standards of Practice for Interpreters in Health Care

Through a consensus building process, the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care has developed a set of standards of practice for interpreters working in health care settings.  Standards of practice are a set of guidelines that define what an interpreter does in the performance of his or her role and are intended to be used as a reference by interpreters and those who work with, train, and employ interpreters. 


pdf Overview of New Guidance on Citizenship Documentation for Medicaid Benefits

This Medicaid Fact Sheet releases information on the new eligibility requirements, effective July 1, requiring documented proof of citizenship when applying for Medicaid.


pdf Straight Talk: Model Hospital Policies and Procedures on Language Access

This document is the result of the joint efforts of the California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI), which serves as the educational and research affiliate of the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH), and Melinda Paras, Principal at Paras and Associates. The adoption of hospital policies and procedures is the essential mechanism to making a significant change in the operational actions of the U.S. hospital industry, and has been used throughout the history of this industry as a mechanism to change practice and establish expectations on a challenging issue. This document is designed to offer American hospitals a set of tools to utilize in updating their own internal Policy and Procedure Manuals.


pdf U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Guidance

Guidance document by HHS to federal financial assistance recipients regarding Title IV prohibition against national origin discrimination affecting Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights Fact Sheet

Summary and easy-to-understand guide for federal financial assistance recipients regarding Title IV prohibition against national origin discrimination affecting Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons.


U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Guidance

Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons


pdf U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)  Guidance

Guidance document by the Department of Labor to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient (LEP) persons.


Last Updated: 02-15-2008

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