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State agencies have embraced the importance of cultural and linguistic competency in the decade since the initial publication of the CLAS Standards. A number of states have proposed or passed legislation pertaining to cultural competency training for one or more segments of their state's health professionals. At least six states have moved to mandate some form of cultural and linguistic competency for either all or a component of its health care workforce.

Consult the map to see what states have proposed and/or passed legislation regarding cultural competency education. Click the states to learn more about the legislation. There are links on these states to view the bill itself.

For more details, see the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act External Web Site Policy. The implications of the law for racially and ethnically diverse populations are summarized in this report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies External Web Site Policy.

The National Association of State Offices of Minority Health External Web Site Policy provides information regarding guiding principles, core competencies, and contact information for the various state-level OMHs across the country. The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) External Web Site Policy tracks laws and legislation as they pertain to issues of language access.

denotes legislation requiring (WA, CA, CT, NJ, NM) or strongly recommending (MD) cultural competence training that was signed into law.

denotes legislation that was referred to committee and/or is currently under consideration.

denotes legislation that died in committee or was vetoed.


Map of the United States of America Florida Texas California Arizona New Mexico Colorado Oregon Washington Oklahoma Iowa Illinois Indiana Kentucky Georgia Ohio Maryland New Jersey New York Connecticut Missouri

Texas

#HB 1045

Failed: 2013
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 1346

Failed: 2013
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Iowa

#HF 658 (Cultural Competency)

Failed 2010
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Florida

#SB 1118

Died in committee: 2006
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

California

#AB 1195

Passed: 2005
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#AB 801 Chapter 510

Passed: 2003
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Arizona

#HB 2544

Referred to committee: 2006
see the legislation

#SB 1468

Referred to committee: 2005
see the legislation

New Mexico

#SB 600

Legislation Passed: 2007
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Colorado

#SB 06-111

Vetoed by Governor: 2006
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Washington

#SB 6170

Referred to Senate Committee on Health Care: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#ESB 6194

Passed: 2006
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Illinois

#SB 0522

Died in committee: 2007
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Kentucky

#SB 149

Referred to committee: 2007
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Georgia

#HR 758

Failed: 2012
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 844

Failed (House Second Readers): 2010
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 943

Referred to House Second Readers: 2008
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 1401

Referred to House Second Readers: 2006
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Ohio

#SB 131

Referred To Senate Committee on Medicaid, Health and Human Services: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 60

Referred to Committee: 2011
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 158

Referred to Committee: 2010
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 68

Referred to committee: 2007
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 160

Referred to committee: 2005
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Maryland

#HB 1404

Referred to House Committee on Rules and Executive Nominations: 2014
See the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 679

Enacted: 5/22/12 - Chapter No. 671: See the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 929

Passed, Signed into Law by the Governor, Chapter No. 6 4/12/2010 : see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 756

Passed: 2009 : see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 942

Passed: 2008 : see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 905

Passed: 2008 : see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#HB 883

Passed: 2003 : see the legislation External Web Site Policy

New Jersey

#Bill S144

Passed: 2005
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

New York

#AB 2471

Assembly Version Referred to: Amended in Assembly Committee on Higher Education: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 793

Senate Version Referred to: Amended in Senate Committee on Finance: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#AB 8689

Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#AB 6745

Referred to Assembly Committee on Higher Education: 2013
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#S1650

Referred to Committee: 2012
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#A06449 (same as S2743; A05185)

Referred to Higher Education; Enacting clause stricken: 2011
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#A01434 (same as S 118)

Referred to Higher Education: 2011
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#A05761

Referred to Higher Education: 2011
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 1650

Would require cultural awareness and competence training for all medical professionals. To Senate Committee on Higher Education. 2010
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#S07779

Sent To Senate Committee on Higher Education 2010
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#A06388

Amend (t) and recommit to higher education: 2008
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#A10537

Referred to higher education: 2008
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#S00765

Referred to finance: 2008
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Connecticut

#SB 466:

Enacted. Public Act No. 13-217: 2013
see the legislation

#PA 09-232 – HB 6678:

Effective: October 2009
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Oregon

#HB 2611

Passed: 2013
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SB 97

Died in committee: 2011
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Indiana

#SB 194

Referred to Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

#SR 34

Referred to Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Missouri

#HB 1985

Introduced: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

Oklahoma

#SB 1533

Referred to Senate Committee on Health and Human Services: 2014
see the legislation External Web Site Policy

We work to maintain this Web page's accuracy by periodically reviewing the status of pending legislation. If you are aware of legislation that should be added to this map, please let us know by contacting us.