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It's the law: California patients can have an interpreter at their side

Sacramento Bee, January 5, 2009

Millions of Californians with limited English proficiency now have the right to an interpreter from their commercial health and dental plans. The right was made possible by a first-in-the-nation law aimed at dismantling the language barriers that get in the way of good medicine. The new regulation is being widely hailed as a milestone in reducing mistakes because of miscommunication.