Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Adults with limited English proficiency face barriers to healthcare access and health insurance coverage.
Diverse languages spoken by Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) adults are rarely available as a language option in health systems and materials.
More than one in four AANHPI adults had limited English proficiency (LEP) in 2019.
Rates of LEP vary widely across AANHPI population subgroups. LEP rates were about 12 percent for NHPI adults and more than 40 percent for Chinese, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, Nepalese, and Burmese adults.
More than half of AANHPI adults with LEP do not speak the top three common languages, leaving large gaps even with increased translation services.
Researchers determine there is a need for greater language accessibility for Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander adults in healthcare settings and when enrolling in and renewing health insurance coverage. State- and local-level resources must be targeted to meet the specific language needs of each community.
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