00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 394(L&C)
01 "An Act relating to allowing insurance policy forms to be filed and approved in
02 languages other than English if an official English language version is also filed, and
03 authorizing use of insurance policy forms and associated materials in languages other
04 than English."
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
06 * Section 1. AS 21.42 is amended by adding a new section to read:
07 Sec. 21.42.175. Non-English translations. (a) The director may approve an
08 insurance policy form in a language other than English if the insurance policy form
09 (1) is filed with a copy of the same material in English; and
10 (2) discloses, in both English and the language other than English, that
11 the English language version is the official version and the non-English language
12 version is for informational purposes only.
13 (b) The English language version of the insurance policy form or associated
14 material shall be the official version for purposes of application and interpretation if
01 the non-English insurance policy form or associated material
02 (1) is provided with a copy of the same material in English; and
03 (2) discloses, in both English and the language other than English, that
04 the English language version is the official version and the non-English language
05 version is for informational purposes only.
06 (c) An insurer may not knowingly misrepresent information in an insurance
07 policy form or associated material translated into a language other than English.
08 (d) For purposes of this subsection, "associated material" means advertising
09 and marketing information including brochures, pamphlets, or electronic media used
10 to describe or promote the insurance policy form.