Raising Women’s Voices

California health insurers must provide interpreters

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 14, 2009

According to 2007 census numbers, more than 40 percent of California families do not speak English at home. Some patients who seek health care, but also experience language barriers with health care providers, may experience risk by having to wait longer for care and by receiving minimal services. One woman who spoke limited English was not able to receive a diagnosis for breast cancer until the it had spread throughout her body.
Under California’s new law, (which went into effect Jan. 1), health insurers must provide patients who have limited English comprehension with an interpreter at the facility, or provide access to one via telephone or Web-hosted video conferencing.

To read more, please visit: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090114/ap_on_bi_ge/insurance_interpreters_2

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