Medical and Dental

Medical What is required by law?

The Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. 12101, et seq. (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 29 U.S.C. 794 et seq., and any state laws which apply, impose requirements on various public and private facilities, including most health care offices and hospitals. These laws prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities, including depriving them of the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations of any place of public accommodation.

When would a Sign Language interpreter be required?

Sign language interpreters are necessary in any situation in which the information to be exchanged requires clear and effective communication. This includes:

• Taking a patient’s medical history
• Giving diagnoses
• Performing medical procedures
• Explaining treatment planning
• Explaining medicine prescription and regimen
• Providing patient education or counseling
• Describing discharge and follow up plans
• Admitting to emergency departments/urgent care

* Health Providers arrange and pay for interpreting services. These expenses are typically tax deductible.

Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific requirements and appropriate forms