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Medical Cultural Competency Legislation and Regulation

California SB 853: Health Care Language Assistance Act:

The first of its kind in the country, this bill holds health plans accountable for the provision of language services requiring health plans and health insurers to provide their enrollees with interpreter services, translated materials, and to collect data on race, ethnicity, and language to address health inequities.

For more information, please see the resources on this bill.

Federal Laws:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency (Civil Rights Division Department of Justice Executive Order 13166)

CLAS Standards
DHHS Office of Minority Health, National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Healthcare

State Laws Promoting CME Training of Cultural Competence:

The Cultural and Linguistic Competency Act
California, AB 801
Illinois, SB 0522 (pending)
New York, A3751 (pending)

California Bill, AB 1195
This bill requires accreditation association to develop standards by July 1st, 2006, for continuing medical education courses to include curriculum in cultural and linguistic competency in all coursework that includes direct patient care.  Enacted July 1st, 2006

New Jersey’s Bryant Law
The Bryant Law requires all medical school students within New Jersey to complete cultural competency training as a licensure requirement.  Enacted and passed March 24th 2005.

New York, AO 3751
This bill requires all medical students and physicians in New York to complete cultural competency training.  This bill is currently pending.

Ohio, SB 160
This bill requires physicians who are obtaining or renewing their registration to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery to complete cultural competency training prior to admission to the state board exams or to qualify for continuing medical education credit.  This bill is currently pending with changing language.

pdfWashington, SB 6194
The bill certifies the state’s responsibility to promote knowledge, attitudes, and practice skills of health professionals.  By July 1, 2008, all health professional educational programs will integrate multicultural health into their curriculum.  Effective July 7th, 2006



  • NCME @ Health Literach Annual Research Conference
    • Two workshops on cultural competency and MedEdPORTAL
    • October 17-18, 2011, Chicago, IL
  • RWJ National Health Plan Collaborative Toolkit
    • This toolkit has resources, lessons, best practices and case studies to assist health plans reduce disparities.
  • AHRQ Health Literacy Toolkit
    • The toolkit can help your practice and communicate with patients.
  • Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities
  • Curricular Products from the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals
  • Conferences:
    • AAMC annual meeting 2010
      • November 5-10, Washington, DC
    • APHA annual meeting 2010
      • November 6-10, Denver, CO