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Health Insurance and Insights from Health Literacy: Helping Consumers Understand: Proceedings of a Workshop


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Note: Proceedings contain the opinion of the presenters, but do NOT reflect the conclusions of the Health and Medicine Division or the National Academies. Learn more about the differences between Reports and Proceedings.

The Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a public workshop to examine health insurance through the lens of health literacy, focusing on challenges and opportunities in helping consumers obtain, understand, and use health insurance. The workshop was the most recent health reform–related activity of the roundtable, noted Bernard Rosof of the Quality in HealthCare Advisory Group, in his opening remarks. The day’s workshop was organized around presentations and panel discussions that highlighted important lessons, practical strategies, and potential needs and opportunities for applying the principles of health literacy to the task of helping individuals enroll in health insurance and make use of the benefits to which they are then entitled. These proceedings summarize the discussions that took place at the workshop.