Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states:

   "No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."                                                                                                              

We encourage you to learn more about Title VI and Executive Order 13166 "Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency", and how these policies may apply to your organization. The links below will take you directly to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Civil Rights website and the LEP.gov website. There you can learn about your obligations to your Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients and find helpful resources and tools to assist you in your quest to offer equal and meaningful access for all persons.Title VI was passed by Congress to ensure that agencies or organizations that receive federal funding do not discriminate against anyone on the aforementioned bases. Since federal funding of health care is so pervasive, many state and local governments, health plans, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health agencies, social service agencies, and various family or children’s service programs that receive federal monies are bound by the Title’s provisions.

Free Interpreter Services Available

Funding is typically provided to pay for certain medical appointments for low-income LEP's that are eligible through State funded Prepaid Medical Assistance (PMAP) insurance plans. Many medical facilities can have an interpreter free of charge, paid for through PMAP funding. The Bridge is contracted directly with most of the PMAP insurance carriers in the State of MN and can bill them directly for interpreter services. Please call our office at the number displayed at the bottom of the page to learn which PMAP insurances we are contracted with in your area. For more detailed information on Medical Assistance and PMAP's, please click the resource link below for the MN Dept of Human Services.