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Medical interpreters plan to help more Californians find a voice

Almost 7 million Californians speak limited or no English, and many of them may become insured soon thanks to federal health care reform. Medical interpreters are preparing to be outnumbered by this population while still fighting language barriers. Of the 2.6 million expected to enroll in California’s Health Benefit Exchange in 2014, 1 million will speak English less than well, according to a study by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.