Language Access Across New York State:
NYLPI has long been involved in advocacy to expand language and immigrant access to health coverage. In 2011, NYLPI participated in a successful coalitional effort to pass Executive Order 26, which requires state agencies that interact directly with the public are required to translate vital public documents in the most common non-English languages and provide interpretation services to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Along with coalition partners, we continue to monitor enforcement of EO 26.
Language and Immigrant Access to the New York State Health Plan Marketplace:
More recently, HJ has partnered with the New York Immigration Coalition to promote and improve language access to the New York State health plan marketplace for immigrant and limited English proficient (LEP) New Yorkers. New York State launched its marketplace, the New York State of Health, in October 2013. About thirty percent of people expected to enroll in health coverage through New York’s marketplace speak a primary language other than English. We have engaged in advocacy to promote translation of vital documents into the top languages spoken in New York, cultural and linguistic competency training for enrollment assistors, immigrant-friendly messaging and outreach, and quality interpretation through the marketplace’s help line. After much advocacy, in November 2014, NYSOH launched a Spanish language website.
Additionally, we are advocating nationally for the establishment of strong regulations under the ACA’s nondiscrimination provision, Section 1557.
Read NYLPI’s comments submitted to Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights regarding nondiscrimination (Section 1557) in the Affordable Care Act.