State Agencies Remind Health Care Providers About Rights and Obligations for Patients Who Are Deaf

Posted on May 7, 2014 in News

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (HCRC) and the Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) today announced a joint public education effort to inform patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind and use sign language as well as health care providers of the their legal rights and responsibilities. Under state and federal law, health care providers have an obligation to provide auxiliary aids and services for patients who have disabilities, including qualified sign language interpreters when needed to provide effective communication.

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