Spanish-language online health care enrollment starts later
September 26th, 2013
10:02 PM ET
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Spanish-language online health care enrollment starts later

Washington (CNN) - The White House said Thursday that its Spanish-language health care enrollment tools will not be ready to launch until three weeks after the start of registration on Tuesday.

Administration officials explained there will be Spanish-language speakers on the government's help line beginning on the first day of open enrollment, but the site, will not allow Spanish speakers to compare insurance plans and enroll entirely in Spanish until the week of October 21. is the Spanish version of the English website,

The October 21 date, one administration official noted, kicks off a “week of action” tied to Hispanic Heritage month.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday the administration expects 70% of Latinos will enroll via the English-language site.

“Everything opens on October 1st. Anybody can call in. There will be Spanish speakers available, navigators available who speak Spanish in order to walk enrollees through the process,” Carney told reporters at the White House.

One White House official said the lag between the English and Spanish launch was needed and disputed the characterization of the different times as a delay.

The official also noted the Spanish-language site came several months after the English language site when they were first rolled out.

“We knew we had to be flexible to make sure things are done right,” the official said.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. boungiorno

    the drums are rolling i hear the crowd cheering

    September 26, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. HenryMiller

    Becoming a US citizen requires a working knowledge of English. Why are we catering to people who don't speak English and who are thus probably not US citizens?

    September 26, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. steve from largo

    That just goes to PROVE what "Joe Wilson" said was TRUE. He said "YOU LIE" when obama said that "undocumented immigrants (more commonly known as illegal aliens)" will not be "covered" his State of the Union address (not that Legal American's had any doubt). In the future elections, make sure you vote for the candidate that has a proven track record of voting for what is BEST for the American citizens, NOT the upper 1%. Remember what rubio did to the Florida voters, he sold us out!

    September 26, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Absolutely NOTHING WRONG with this Healthcare Law. God bless, knock on the wood, every thing goes good.
    PS: Obama, please focus on Climate Change, green-energy. Legacy stand alive well. God bless Obama, USA.

    September 27, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. jonquil123

    My great grandmother worked in a fabric factory, raised five children and taught herself excellent English by reading newspapers. She was determined to learn. She wasn't so narcissistic and arrogant, as to come to The USA - with all its generosity and opportunity - and demand this country spend taxpayer money to accommodate her.

    Why are Spanish-speaking immigrants so special? How do you think that makes, for example, the large population of Chinese or Russian immigrants, feel?

    September 27, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Immigrants who cannot speak English, are mostly illegal. They should not be able to get health insurance, because they are ILLEGAL!

    September 27, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |