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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – Minnesota

Minnesota began accessing federal funds to reimburse providers for medical interpretation for patients receiving services covered by Medicaid (known as Medical Assistance in Minnesota, or MA) in 2001. According to Minnesota’s LEP Plan, the Department of Human Services has identified ten primary languages, i.e. the ten languages […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – District of Columbia

While not actually a state, the District of Columbia makes the list for language access reimbursement for Medicaid providers. The District of Columbia’s version of Medicaid, the Medical Assistance Administration (MAA), began providing a language access line via telephone in 2006. The MAA picks up the expense […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – Hawaii

According to the 2000 census, nearly a quarter of Hawaii’s population speaks a language other than English as their primary language. In response to this need, Hawaii created a unique method of managing interpretation needs and addressing language access issues – their Language Access Law, enacted in […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? — Kansas

When providers in Kansas need interpreting services for patients receiving care covered by Medicaid, they have access to a state-sponsored telephone interpreter line. The Kansas Language Line program began in 2003. Two different systems are available – Propio Language Services, which provides Spanish interpretation, and Certified Languages […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – Iowa

A more recent adopter of reimbursement protocol, Iowa began reimbursing for interpreting services for Medicaid and CHIP patients in July of 2009. In Iowa, reimbursement rates are paid to the provider and are limited to fee-for-service providers who do not submit cost reports. Providers who submit cost […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – New York

New York is the most recent state to provide reimbursement for medical interpretation, beginning on October 1, 2012 and joining the 13 other states (plus the District of Columbia) currently reimbursing. Groups throughout the state such as the New York Academy of Medicine applauded this change and […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – Washington

Washington has one of the most comprehensive reimbursement policies of any of the 14 states currently reimbursing. In Washington, reimbursement for foreign language and sign language interpreting is treated as an administrative expense, and two separate reimbursement programs exist – one for providers that are not public […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – Idaho

Another state that began reimbursing early on for interpreting services, Idaho has been reimbursing providers for the costs of hiring foreign language interpreters and sign language interpreters since before 1990. Idaho Medicaid considers reimbursement to providers an administrative cost. Who Can Request Reimbursement? Reimbursement is only available […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – New Hampshire

New Hampshire didn’t wait for word from the federal government to start reimbursing their interpreters; they’ve been reimbursing foreign language interpreters and sign language interpreters since the 1980s. In New Hampshire, the interpreters are actually Medicaid providers (although limited since they do not provide medical services) and […]

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Does Your State Reimburse for Medical Interpretation? – Maine

An early adopter, Maine began reimbursing both foreign language healthcare interpreting and ASL interpreting as covered services under MaineCare (the state’s Medicaid program) in 2001. But what exactly will MaineCare pay for? Who Does MaineCare Reimburse for Interpreting Services? MaineCare reimburses the providers for the costs associated […]

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