HB 1390  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2669

05/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1390

 

AN ACT relative to access to language translation services in telemedicine.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. M. Murray, Hills. 22; Rep. Espitia, Hills. 31; Rep. Query, Hills. 16; Rep. Wazir, Merr. 17; Rep. Grossman, Rock. 18; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill directs licensed health care facilities required to provide meaningful language access to limited-English proficient speakers and deaf or heard of hearing individuals to provide such access when services are provided through telemedicine.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22-2669

05/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT relative to access to language translation services in telemedicine.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Policies Required for Health Facilities and Special Health Care Service Licenses; Telemedicine; Translation Services Required.  Amend RSA 151:2-f, III-IV to read as follows:

III.  Provide data to the commissioner of the department of health and human services regarding the volume, cost and outcomes of services provided in the facility; [and]

IV.  Pay fees under RSA 151:2-e, III to the commissioner of the department to cover the costs of administering the licensing of special health care services, the administration of the quality and patient safety requirements of this section, and the collection and analysis of the data collected under this section[.]; and

V.  Ensure that, if the facility is required to ensure meaningful language access to limited-English proficient speakers under 45 C.F.R. section 155.205(c) and section 156.250, or to deaf or hard of hearing individuals pursuant to RSA 521-A and RSA 354-A, such access is provided regardless of whether services are provided in person or utilizing telemedicine.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.