**Friday, February 28, 2014**


Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins Hosts

a Town Hall on Language Access and Healthcare:  

“Speaking the Language of Care”

 Public Discussion with Interpreting for California

San Diego, CA – This Friday Assembly Majority Leader Toni Akins along with patients and medical interpreters will hold a public discussion on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Somali Bantu Association of America office at 4979 University Avenue, Suite A in San Diego.



The “Speaking the Language of Care” town hall will focus on current issues facing Medi-Cal and Covered CA patients who speak a language other than English as they enroll and seek care. With national healthcare reform, millions of Californians are newly eligible for care; of those enrolling in Medi-Cal, about 3 million over five years will require language assistance. California has the strongest laws in the country requiring health plans, both private and public, to provide in-person interpreter services. 



The people of California need to be understood. Lack of proper interpretation in a medical center has dire, even tragic consequences. AB 2325 will maximize existing federal dollars to pay for more medical interpreters and ready our state for current healthcare reform language demand, creating jobs for 7,000 bilingual Californians.



WHO:  Speakers will include Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins along with testimonials from patients, community members and medical interpreters who experience difficulties accessing health coverage and  have suffered life and death health consequences as a result of a lack of interpretation in San Diego’s major hospitals.



WHEN: Friday, February 28, 2014 6:00 p.m. PT



WHERE:  Somali Bantu Association of America

    4979 University Avenue, Suite A.

    San Diego, CA 92105