What are Sections 1557 and 508?
Section 1557 is a significant part of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination in certain health programs or activities. It specifically addresses the importance of language services for individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Healthcare providers are required to offer language assistance, including qualified interpreters and translators. This regulation ensures that everyone, regardless of their language proficiency, has equal access to healthcare services and information.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act mandates that federal agencies make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. This includes ensuring that healthcare information is available in formats that can be consumed by individuals with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments. By championing the rights of individuals with disabilities, this requirement ensures equal access to information and services.