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Bill Detail: HB23-1004

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Title Language Access In Insurance Documents
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology (01/31/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Insurance
House Sponsors E. Velasco (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 01/09/2023
Summary

Current law allows insurance policies to be translated to and issued
in a language other than English if the insurer certifies that the
English-language policy that is translated complies with state insurance
laws. Section 1 of the bill requires the insurer to also certify that the
policy has been correctly translated by a certified translator or, if a
certified translator is not available to translate the policy to the particular
language, by a professional translator who certifies that the translation is
correct.
Section 2 requires insurers that issue commercial or personal
automobile, homeowners', or renters' insurance policies to offer, make
available, and issue the policy application, the policy, and related
documents and forms in the same language that the insurer used in
advertisements for the policy and to offer an applicant a form to select the
applicant's language of choice for those documents. Section 2 also
specifies remedies for an insurer's failure to comply with this
requirement.

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