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Washington medical interpreters ratify new contract with state

About 2000 independent interpreters in Washington State ratified a first of its kind agreement with the state for providing language services to doctors and other medical staff to communicate effectively with patients for whom English is not the first language. The 2 year long agreement came into effect from July 1st this year. The earlier system involved costly brokerage system with middlemen taking away big chunk of federal and state budget through commissions. The administrative cost is expected to come from down 44% to 28% with the new system.

Without state program doctors and hospitals had to bear the cost of expensive interpreters in order to comply with Federal law that mandates health care providers ensure Medicaid patients communicate effectively with doctors. The change has come about as result of a civil rights lawsuit. For more information please visit

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