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Health Care Reform: Removing Language Barriers / Letter to Obama

Friday, June 05, 2009

On June 6th, President Obama’s political organization, Organizing for America, will kick off the new health care reform campaign. Among the various topics of discussion is the issue of improving health care for minority populations. In a recent letter to President Obama, 24 health and advocacy organizations called out the need to “provide coverage for language services for patients who have limited English proficiency, are functionally illiterate, or are deaf or hard of hearing to reduce patient care errors, improve communication with patients, and thereby reduce disparities.”

The push for greater access to language services is aligned with President Obama’s efforts to provide “quality, affordable care to all Americans.”

Click here to read this letter to President Obama, http://www.aha.org/aha/letter/2009/090504-let-disparitiesgrp-obama.pdf 

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