A new federal rule, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, protects individuals from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity, and sex stereotyping. The rule requires providers to ensure interpreter services are available for patients who are not English proficient or who are hearing-impaired. ADA and MDA have provided resources to assist dentists in complying with Section 1557.
Resources from ADA and MDA:
Montana language interpreters
Montana sign language interpreters
Montana’s top 15 non-English languages and notice translations
While the 2017 Montana Legislature won’t convene until January 9, the MDA is already gearing up for what could be a major session for dentistry and health care. MDA has adopted a proactive strategy in past sessions and bills are now being prepared, MoDePAC is making contributions to legislative candidates and plans are being made for your participation in grassroots lobbying and the MDA Dental Day at the Legislature on MDA Dental Day at the Legislature on January 27.