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.
- The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters: Certified Medical Interpreter Registry
- Reuters Health News: Required Translators Missing from Many U.S. Hospitals
- NPR Public Health: With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrant Patients Struggle to Understand Doctors’ Orders
- TC Daily Planet: Acting as a cultural broker: how medical interpreters navigate the patient-provider relationship
- Alliance Business Solutions: Will My Insurance Cover Medical Interpreting?
Last Modified on February 16, 2021