Category Archives: Language Access: Standards

Office for Minority Health: Compendium of State-Level Activities and Legislation on National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has published a compendium of state-sponsored activities and an interactive map listing state legislative activities implementing its National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). … Continue reading

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National Health Law Program: Analysis of ACA Section 1557 Final Rule

This is the National Health Law Program’s initial analysis of the final rule implementing section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibiting discrimination in federally funded health programs and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights: Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination Under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued its final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Final Rule for Managed Care in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final rule, updating requirements for managed care plans funded by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  The updated requirements are aligned with requirements enacted by the Affordable Care Act … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity: Making CLAS Happen

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity has published an updated guide to implementation of the national culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) standards developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority … Continue reading

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health has published this first-ever Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare.  The Equity Plan focuses on Medicare populations that experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, lower quality of care, … Continue reading

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Joint Commission: Crosswalk of National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services with Hospital Accreditation Standards

This is a crosswalk of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) with the Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Standards. The CLAS standards were “enhanced”, or updated, … Continue reading

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HHS Request for Information on Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Prohibition Against Discrimination

Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities. Section 1557(c) of the Affordable Care Act authorizes the Secretary … Continue reading

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Texas Health Institute: Implementing Cultural and Linguistic Requirements in Health Insurance Exchanges

This comprehensive policy analysis from the Texas Health Institute examines the cultural competency and linguistic access requirements for health insurance exchanges, or marketplaces, being established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  There are eight provisions in the ACA … Continue reading

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Office of Minority Health: Enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) has released its long-awaited “enhanced” National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care.  The original CLAS standards were issued by OMH … Continue reading

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