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


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The Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop on health literacy in the context of health reform in the United States. 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 roundtable’s attention to the topic of health insurance is appropriate because health reform has created major changes in the health care system in this country, said Rosof. It has brought millions of people into the system that previously did not have access. The workshop focused on the challenges and opportunities in helping consumers obtain, understand, and use health insurance. The day’s workshop was organized around presentations and panel discussions that highlighted health-literate approaches to helping consumers. These proceedings summarize the discussions that took place at the workshop.