ASSEMBLY, No. 3488

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MARCH 8, 2022

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  RONALD S. DANCER

District 12 (Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires health care facilities engaged in telemedicine and telehealth to provide language interpretation services under certain circumstances.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning language interpretation services, telemedicine and telehealth, and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  a.  As used in this section:

     “Health care facility” means a health care facility licensed by the Department of Health pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.).

     “Telehealth” and “telemedicine” have the same meaning as provided in section 1 of P.L.2017, c.117 (C.45:1-61).

     b.  If a health care facility is required by federal or State law to provide language interpretation services to patients who are not proficient in the English language or patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, the health care facility shall provide the required language interpretation services regardless of whether the health care facility is engaged in telemedicine, telehealth, or in person treatment.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires health care facilities engaged in telemedicine and telehealth to provide language interpretation services under certain circumstances.

     Under the bill, if a health care facility is required by federal or State law to provide language interpretation services to patients who are not proficient in the English language or patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, the health care facility is to provide the required language interpretation services regardless of whether the health care facility is engaged in telemedicine, telehealth, or in person treatment.

     The bill defines "health care facility" to mean a health care facility licensed by the Department of Health pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.).