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Info about health law to go out in Spanish in Ark.

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Understanding the federal health care overhaul can be a challenge of its own.

Now, officials in Arkansas and across the country are trying to figure out how to explain the law to non-English speakers.

Cynthia Crone heads the Health Benefits Exchange Partnership division in Arkansas. She says brochures and other information about the exchange will go out in English, Spanish and other languages as needed.

Census estimates from 2007 show that more than 6% of Arkansas' population 5 and older spoke a language other than English at home. The vast majority of those people speak Spanish. Other commonly spoken languages include German, French and Vietnamese.

About half of the people who spoke a language other than English at home spoke English less than "very well."

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