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Health Care Interpreter Laws & Policies

Laws & Policies

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 Statute (ORS) 413.550

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."  

Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 950-050
OAR 950-050 is the set of administrative rules establishing the standards for the implementation of ORS 413.550. 


950-050-0000  Purpose

950-050-0010  Definitions

950-050-0020  Health Care Interpreter Services

950-050-0030  Central Registry

950-050-0040  Eligibility Standards for Central Registry Enrollment, Qualification and Certification

950-050-0050  Application Procedure

950-050-0060  Formal Training

950-050-0070  Approval of Testing Centers, Skill Evaluation and Assessment

950-050-0080  Skill Evaluation or Assessment Appeal

950-050-0090  Continuing Education

950-050-0100  Letter of Qualification

950-050-0110  Letter of Certification

950-050-0120  Certification and Qualification Renewal

950-050-0130  Denial, Revocation, Suspension or Refusal to Renew Status for Certification and Qualification

950-050-0140  Complaints

950-050-0150  Hearings

950-050-0160  Health Care Provider Requirements

950-050-0170  Interpreting Service Companies

950-050-0180  Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs)

Good Faith Effort Guidance Document
This document is intended to provide additional guidance on demonstrating Good Faith Effort for working with HCIs from the central registry.

Department of Justice

Analysis on Limited English Proficiency Translation and Interpretation Requirements 

Do you have a Civil Rights Complaint or concern regarding HCI services?

Coordinated Care Organizations and Health Care Interpreters

SB 1580 is the legislation which establishes Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations. Administrative rule 410-141-3590 established the standards for CCOs related to cultural and linguistically accessible care and the use of qualified or certified health care interpreters.

Find out more about Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon.