Federal law requires that all health care organizations provide patients who speak little or no English with an interpreter. Providers that take Medicaid or Medicare (which are federal funds for health care services) must also meet a patient’s language needs. However, not all providers do so, and it’s often not clear if the provider, patient or insurer is responsible for paying for these services.
Below you will find links to a list of certified medical interpreters and how to find out what your insurer will cover. We’ve also included some news stories about the important role interpreters play in health care and problems patients face when they do no have access to these services.
Last Modified on February 16, 2021