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News Release
Public comment period extended for Health Care Interpreter rules related to HB 2359 (2021) - 04/01/22

April 1, 2022

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Public comment period extended for Health Care Interpreter rules related to HB 2359 (2021)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion is reopening the comment period on proposed rules implementing HB 2359 (2021) related to health care interpreters.

The notice of rulemaking was filed with the Oregon Secretary of State on Feb. 25, 2022. OHA will accept comment on OAR 333-002-0000 through 333-002-0290 until 5 p.m. Friday, April 15.

The agency is extending the comment period to ensure all interested parties have an opportunity to comment. Comments can be submitted to Edna.Nyamu@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Comments submitted during the original comment period that closed on March 21, 2022, do not need to be resubmitted as those comments have been entered into the agency’s rulemaking record.

HB 2359 (2021) was designed to increase the use of certified or qualified health care interpreters that are part of the state registry by creating process and accountability for health care providers when choosing an interpreter and providing language access companies with incentive to invest in interpreter training.

Though not required by the legislation, OHA used the rulemaking to eliminate the registration fee for participants in the registry. Changes to the existing rule were designed to align with legislative mandate and promote the goal of more equitable access to quality interpreting services.

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