Home Read Up on Health Literacy Policy and Legislation
The Health Literacy Act of 2007
This bill was proposed to congress in 2007 by Senator Norm Coleman (R, MN), with support from six bipartisan co-sponsors. The goal was to ensure that all Americans have basic health literacy skills to function effectively as patients and health care consumers. It did not move forward, but may be re-introduced at some time.
Healthy People 2010 (Objective 11.2)
This report of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services comes out every ten year and details objectives for improving the health of the nation. For the first time poor health literacy is identified as a barrier to good health and specific health-literacy related objectives are proposed.
Low Health Literacy: Implications for National Health Care Policy
Vernon, J. A., Trujillo, A., Rosenbaum, S. & DeBuono, B. (2007). Low health literacy: Implications for national health care policy. Washington, DC: George Washington University School of Public Health and Heath Services. (Center for Health Policy Research Report)
This report describes the current state of health literacy and the costs of low health literacy on both the health system and society.
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