What Just Happened? The State of Language Access under Section 1557
with Mara Youdelman, J.D., LL.M


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Webinar Description

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act is an intersectional civil rights provision that includes protections from discrimination based on language access. In 2016, the Obama Administration finalized regulations incorporating many strong language access provisions such as taglines, notices and qualifications for interpreters and translators. On June 12, 2020 the Trump Administration published a new final rule rolling back many of these provisions. So what’s the state of Section 1557 now? What provisions remain in place and which ones were repealed? What does the new rule mean for patients, interpreters, translators, health care providers and language services providers? This webinar will provide an overview of the new regulations and work to answer your questions!

About the Presenter

Mara Youdelman, J.D., LL.M
Mara Youdelman Managing Attorney of the National Health Law Program’s Washington DC office where she has worked since August 2000 on issues including Medicaid, language access, racial and ethnic disparities, and data collection. Mara works on a range of administrative and legislative policy issues and conducts trainings nationwide on language access and collection of racial, ethnic and primary language data. Mara is co-author of a number of reports on language access. These include NHeLP’s Ensuring Linguistic Access in Health Care Settings: Legal Rights and Responsibilities and, from The Commonwealth Fund, a series of “promising practices reports” for providing language services. Mara has participated on advisory panels for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the National Committee for Quality Assurance; the American Medical Association Ethical Force Program; the National Quality Forum; and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization. Ms. Youdelman earned her LL.M. in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000, her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1996, and her B.A. from Tufts University in 1991.