Some state lawmakers want to make sure non-English speaking Medi-Cal beneficiaries are receiving proper medical care. A new bill introduced today would increase the number of medical interpreters.
Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced the bill in San Francisco. He is quotes as saying 'It doesn't really help to give people healthcare insurnace if you don't give them access.' It requires the California Department of Health Care Services to establish a program to provide and reimburse for medical interpreter services to limited-English proficient Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Officials say that California can receive a 50% to 75% federal match for these services.