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Health literacy implications for health care reform
Theresa M. Wizemann

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Health literacy implications for health care reform
workshop summary
Theresa Wizemann, rapporteur ; Roundtable on Health Literacy, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

Published 2011 by National Academies Press in Washington, D.C .
Written in English.

About the Book

Health literacy is the degree to which one can understand and make decisions based on health information. Nearly 90 million adults in the United States have limited health literacy. While poor health literacy spans all demographics, rates of low health literacy are disproportionately higher among those with lower socioeconomic status, limited education, or limited English proficiency, as well as among the elderly and individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between low health literacy and poor health outcomes. In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act designed to extend access to health care coverage to millions of Americans who have been previously uninsured. Many of the newly eligible individuals who should benefit most from the ACA, however, are least prepared to realize those benefits as a result of low health literacy. They will face significant challenges understanding what coverage they are eligible for under the ACA, making informed choices about the best options for themselves and their families, and completing the enrollment process. This book explores opportunities to advance health literacy in association with the implementation of health care reform. The report focuses on building partnerships to advance the field of health literacy by translating research findings into practical strategies for implementation, and on educating the public, press, and policymakers regarding issues of health literacy.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Also available in Open Book format via the National Academies Press home page.

Classifications

Library of Congress
RA440.3.U5 H3845 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
xiv, 114 p. :
Number of pages
114

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25104227M
ISBN 10
0309164168
ISBN 13
9780309164160
LC Control Number
2011499606
OCLC/WorldCat
742002763

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