Bill Introduced in Texas Legislature to Seek to Improve "Health Literacy"
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 04:08 PM

HB 2032 has been introduced into the Texas Legislature that would define the meaning of health literacy and call for an advisory committee to develop and promote plans to promote health literacy.

As introduced the bill would define health literacy to mean “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and health services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

The bill would call for a Health Literacy Advisory Committee that “must include representatives of interested groups, including the academic community, consumer groups, health plans, pharmacies, and associations of physicians, hospitals, and nurses.”

The committee’s purpose is to “develop a long-range plan for increasing health literacy in this state,” identifying risk factors for low health literacy, examining methods for health care practitioners, facilities and others to address health literacy with patients and the public, and identify ways to expand the use of plain language instructions for patients.

The committee would propose strategies for increasing health literacy to obtain greater cost-effectiveness and better patient outcomes in health care.

While it makes its way through the legislature, many things and anything can happen to change this bill.  It will be interesting to see if the state is as interested in promoting health literacy as is it for disease awareness.