We were just informed that the Health Interpreter regulations at the Department of Insurance issued under SB 853 were approved by Office of Administrative Law on 9/19/07 and will be effective 10/19/07.

With the Department of Managed Health Care adopting regulations earlier in the year, we now have an appropriate framework to ensure that insurance subscribers have the ability to communicate with a medical provider.

There’s more work to do, to ensure that insured patients not proficient in English receive the translated documents and individual interpreter services the law and regulations require. Part of that is increasing the provider pool that comes from communities of color; part of it is using Video Medical Interpretation technology that Health Access has worked on. As always, there’s more to do…

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