We wrote this letter to comment on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) proposed rule on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities.

We support many provisions in the 2022 Proposed Rule including those that mandate qualified interpreters, machine translation, civil rights training, notice of availability of language assistance services, meaningful access for LEP individuals, and demographic data collection. However, we recommend several changes and additions that would improve health care access for those with LEP, especially AAPI women.