senate Bill S5626

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Establishes the interagency task force on health literacy

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Jan 06, 2010 referred to higher education
May 22, 2009 referred to higher education

S5626 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง238-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1142
2013-2014: S3211
2015-2016: S2522
2017-2018: S1737
2019-2020: S5023
2021-2022: S1407

S5626 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes the interagency task force on health literacy, to study health literacy and developing recommendations for improving health literacy in this state.

S5626 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5626 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5626

                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 22, 2009
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the  establishment  of
  the interagency task force on health literacy

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent. 1. It is the intent of the  legislature
to  improve  health  care  access  and  outcomes, and reduce unnecessary
health care spending by addressing the issue of health literacy.  Health
literacy  is the degree to which an individual, or individuals, have the
capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health care information
and services necessary for them to make appropriate health decisions.
  2. A patient's health literacy may be affected if they have low educa-
tion skills, cultural  barriers  to  seeking  health  care,  or  limited
English  proficiency  (LEP).    Demographically, individuals with health
literacy challenges often  are  represented  disproportionately  in  the
following  groups:  older adults, minority and/or immigrant populations,
lower-income populations, and medically underserved populations.
  3. Although New York has some existing  health  literacy  initiatives,
the  legislature  finds  that  a comprehensive statewide health literacy
taskforce is a necessary and valuable step toward eliminating as much as
practicable the negative outcomes that health literacy challenges create
in the state.
  S 2. The education law is amended by adding a  new  section  238-b  to
read as follows:
  S 238-B. INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON HEALTH LITERACY. 1. THERE IS HEREBY
ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, AN INTERAGENCY TASK
FORCE  ON HEALTH LITERACY TO BE ADMINISTERED ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONS
OF THIS SECTION. SUCH TASK FORCE  SHALL  ASSIST  THE  HEALTH  AND  HUMAN
SERVICE  AGENCIES OF THIS STATE IN STUDYING HEALTH LITERACY AND DEVELOP-
ING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING HEALTH LITERACY IN THIS STATE.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10891-01-9

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