[lg policy] English only, amigo. Arizona to make insurance contracts worthless?

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Feb 12 15:37:03 EST 2018


 Roberts: English only, amigo. Arizona to make insurance contracts
worthless?
Laurie Roberts <http://www.azcentral.com/staff/25817/laurie-roberts/>,
opinion columnist Published 6:02 a.m. MT Feb. 12, 2018 | Updated 7:38 a.m.
MT Feb. 12, 2018
Laurie Roberts: The Arizona House has passed a bill that would make
insurance contracts written in languages other than English worthless in a
legal dispute.
[image: Arizona bill: Insurance contracts iwritten n Spanish don't count]

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Attention: all non-English speakers or those who understand the language
but have trouble reading it:

Does the Arizona Legislature has a deal for you.

Our leaders want to pave the way so that more insurance companies will
offer contracts in Spanish and other languages.
Here's the catch

There is just one teeeeeeny, tiiiiiny catch:

House Bill 2083
<https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/GetDocumentPdf/457431>declares
that in the event of a dispute, the English version of the contract is the
only one that counts.

The one in Spanish that you read and sign – the one you are depending upon
to cover you and your family in the event of an accident or illness or
death?

Not worth the paper it’s printed on.
Insurance policy worthless in dispute

Rep. David Livingston, R-Peoria and the bill’s sponsor, says it’s all about
offering consumers more choices.

“More policies will be translated into multiple languages for the benefit
of consumers,” he recently told the House Banking and Insurance Committee.

Really, it’s about protecting big insurance companies.
Protecting insurance companies


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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