Preferred Language Cards
Preferred Language Card Templates create business-size cards in Oregon's most frequently used languages that people with limited English proficiency (LEP) can carry in their wallets and show to their health care providers. Preferred Language Cards Printing Instructions are available.
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HCI Standards and Code of Ethics
Other Health Care Interpretation Resources and Organizations
Federal Civil Rights Law
Oregon's health care interpreter law is based on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI says that no one may be left out of any program or activity that gets federal funding because of their national origin.
Visit the Office for Civil Rights for more information on how to be sure that access is provided to people who can not speak English well.
Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 413.550
Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) 413.550 requires the State of Oregon to establish a program to certify health care interpreters who serve persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) in medical settings. The intent is to assure that persons with LEP get health care services that are based on accurate and complete information. Within the context of this law, health care is defined as "medical, surgical or hospital care recognized by state law, including mental health care."
View full text of ORS 413.550
Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-002
Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 333-002 is the set of administrative rules establishing the standards for the implementation of ORS 413.550.
Department of Justice
Analysis on Limited English Proficiency Translation and Interpretation Requirements
Coordinated Care Organizations and Health Care Interpreters
SB 1580 is the legislation which establishes Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations. Administrative rules for ORS 410-141-3220 establish the standards for CCOs related to cultural and linguistically accessible care and the use of qualified or certified health care interpreters.
View the full text of ORS 410-141-3220.
Find out more about Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon.