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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Zaya Jaden
In a story March 4 about the challenges of explaining health care reform to non-English speakers, The Associated Press relied on incorrect information from the California Primary Care Association in reporting that organizations have to provide written notices in languages spoken by 10 percent or more of their service population.
Set on a gritty corner of Oakland's International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam.
"It was a good idea that Obama had, but I don't know if it will work for me," said Jaden, who gets private insurance for her family through her job as a laundress at an Oakland hotel and currently makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid. "If I make less than what I make to try to qualify for the government program, how could I pay my rent?"
Jaden, for instance, said she had no idea how "Covered California" would translate to Mongolian.