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By Zulema Knievel
Policy assistant Center for Rural Affairs 

Legislation would fund needed medical translation services


Effective communication between patients and health care providers is a key ingredient to ensuring all Nebraskans receive vital services.

For some residents, establishing that relationship is difficult because of a language barrier. As immigrant populations continue to grow in rural communities across Nebraska, clinics and hospitals need to prioritize hiring qualified translators.

All Medicaid providers in the U.S. are required to provide translation and interpretation services to clients with limited English proficiency or hearing impairment. The federal government offers cost-sharing reimbur...

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