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January 25, 2023

Bill Ensuring Language Access for Insurance Coverage Passes Committee

DENVER, CO - The House Business Affairs and Labor Committee today passed legislation to enhance language requirements for insurance information for non-English speakers.

“Providing professionally-translated information is essential for our communities, so that consumers fully understand their options and get the right insurance coverage,” said Rep. Elizabeth Velasco, D-Glenwood Springs. “Colorado is proud to be home to a diverse population. We all deserve to know what we’re signing so we can make the best decisions for ourselves and our families.”

HB23-1004, which passed by a vote of 10-0, would require insurers to have insurance policy information professionally translated or be certified from a professional translator in a non-English language. It also requires insurers of auto, home, and renters’ insurance to offer policy documents in the same language that is used for  advertisements and to provide the policy application, policy, and any related documents in any language upon request.

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