& CIVIL RIGHTS
CIVIL RIGHTS ACT PROTECTIONS FOR LIMITED-ENGLISH PROFICIENT PEOPLE
Anyone who cannot or would prefer not to speak English when receiving medical care in a hospital can ask for an interpreter for their preferred language.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires healthcare providers who receive federal funding to provide reasonable access to language services. Since most hospitals and medical facilities do receive federal funds, they generally should provide access to language interpretation and translation upon request.