Info about health law to go out in Spanish in Ark. - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

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

Posted:

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."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Grimes criticizes McConnell over jobs comment

    Grimes criticizes McConnell over jobs comment

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:04:43 GMT
    A local newspaper story that quoted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell as saying it is "not my job" to bring employment to a struggling Kentucky County has unleashed yet another round of feuding in one of the...More >>
    A local newspaper story that quoted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell as saying it is "not my job" to bring employment to a struggling Kentucky county has unleashed yet another round of feuding in one of the...More >>
  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-04-25 02:25:48 GMT
    President Barack Obama is rejecting suggestions that an Asia-Pacific trade deal is in danger.More >>
    When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.More >>
  • Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions

    Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:58:12 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine.More >>
    Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine.More >>