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Can You Buy A Health Insurance Policy If You Don’t Speak English?

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Image: Daquella manera under CC 3.0

Immigrants looking to buy a health insurance plan face several challenges. One of the most striking is the language barrier in terms of the actual policy. Most of those terms are written in English. Even those who are fluent in the language may be more comfortable and secure interpreting legal contracts in their native tongue.

Many insurance agents speak foreign languages, and they can explain the provisions to you. Due to the demographics of immigrants in the United States, it is most common to find a Spanish-speaking agent. However, they are also available in Haitian Creole, as well as other languages depending on the area. Otherwise, you may choose to seek a translator (either a family member, friend, or professional) to help you purchase health insurance.

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