Language will be barrier to health coverage, study says

February 29, 2012

More than 100,000 Californians could miss out on the benefits of federal health reform because language barriers would keep them from buying insurance in a new online health insurance exchange, according to a new study by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education. The study concludes that more than 1 million Californians with limited English skills will be newly eligible for tax credits to subsidize their coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange, but fewer than half of those residents are expected to enroll, for various reason. If language were not a barrier, the study says, 110,000 more people would apply. To see the entire study, go here.

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