Interpreter Roster: Spoken Language, Health Care
Announcement: During the week of April 21, 2013, some interpreters whose roster listing was not scheduled to expire received an email stating that it was time for them to renew. We have sent emails to these interpreters explaining that the mailing was a mistake. If you recently received a notice about expiration of your roster listing but don‘t think that you are scheduled to expire yet, please check your listing at Search Interpreter to see the expiration date for your listing.
In 2008 the Minnesota Legislature required the Commissioner of Health to establish a voluntary statewide roster of spoken language health care interpreters to address health care access concerns for Minnesotans, particularly in rural areas. In 2010 Legislation, a change to the Medical Assistance statute was made so that beginning January 1, 2011, Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare will not cover face-to-face oral language interpreting services if the interpreter is not listed in the Roster.
The Roster can be searched to show the names and expiration dates of all spoken language interpreters who have applied to be in the roster. Some of the interpreters in the Roster are not available to be contacted to provide interpreting services. However, the Roster can be searched by language and geographic area to find available interpreters. For available interpreters, the Roster also shows health care subject areas and specialty settings in which the interpreter may have work experience.
The information in the Roster is provided by each interpreter and has NOT been verified by the Minnesota Department of Health. At this time there are no qualifications that must be met to be included on the Roster. Inclusion on the Roster is NOT evidence of being a "certified" health care interpreter.
Click on the links below to find Frequently Asked Questions about the Roster, how to complete searches, to apply to be in the Roster, renew and to change or update interpreter information.