A provision of federal healthcare reform may make it easier for immigrants to deal with language barriers.
Under the Affordable Care Act, California is eligible to receive $270 million to set up an interpreter program for Medi-cal patients.
The state would have to contribute 30 million dollars. The money would fund the program for three years.
Maximus Weikel is with Interpreting for California, which is urging the state to put up its share of the money. He says it would cover common languages, and those that are less well known in the United States.