Friday, March 7, 2008

Money for Medical Interpreting

Quite often, medical facilities we work with ask In Every Language staff if we're aware of any financial assistance to help defray their medical interpreting budgets. If they work in a participating State, we tell them about Medicaid's reimbursement program. We also let providers know that occasionally workman's comp insurance or car and/or liability insurance may pay for medical interpreters when applicable. But when you're located in a non-participating State (such as Kentucky or Indiana), when it's not a workman's comp issue, and when liability insurance doesn't come into play, what's a provider to do?

Today, I came across a December 3, 2007 article from the Memphis Business Journal with some information that could help. In 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded $1 million to the Med in Memphis to pay for interpreters. To better help all of In Every Language's medical clients, I've spent some time looking the Foundation's site over, trying to see any of this grant money is available to help the providers In Every Language works with. My clients know their needs better than I do, however, so I thought that I would post the Foundation's link here. Feel free to look this over and if there's anything we can do to help you with your application, please let me know.

Thanks, and good luck. Now let's all go help LEP patients together!

Source: "Med gets $1 million grant for interpreters." Memphis Business Journal. December 3, 2007.

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