senate Bill S3211A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the interagency task force on health literacy

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Feb 10, 2014 print number 3211a
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S3211 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9152
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §238-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1142
2009-2010: S5626

S3211 - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S3211

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
establishment of the interagency task force on health literacy

PURPOSE: To increase the knowledge of health literacy in the State of
New York so that its' citizens can make more informed health
decisions.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 238 of the education law is amended By adding a new section
(238-b) Interagency task force on health literacy. This subsection
establishes within the State University of New York, an interagency
task force on health literacy to be administered according to the
provisions of this section. The task force shall assist the health and
human service agencies of this state in studying health literacy and
developing recommendations for improving health literacy in this
state. The SUNY Chancellor shall appoint a member of the SUNY school
of public health faculty to chair the task force.

Subsection (3) of this bill stipulates who shall be invited to serve
on the task force. Three representatives from state hospitals selected
by the temporary president of the Senate and Speaker of The Assembly.
The commissioners of the New York State Department of Health and of
Children and Family Services. Representatives from the Medical Society
of the State of New York, the New York Chapter of American Academy of
Pediatrics, the New York Cooperative Extension, The Albany College of
Pharmacy, the Long Island University A.M, Schwartz College of Pharmacy
and Allied Health Professions, the State University of New York at
Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the New York
State office of Minority Health, the New York State Developmental
Disabilities Planning Council, the Health Insurance Industry, the
Empire State Medical Association, the Commissioner of the New York
City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City
Department for the Aging, the Health Literacy Project Partnership of
the New York City Mayor's office and United Way of New York City and
the New York State Health Foundation.

Subsection (4) details what the task force shall do once it has
identified groups at risk for low health literacy; examine whether
providing appropriate health information to and increase the health
literacy of the beneficiaries of public health services would increase
the efficiency of health care providers and decrease expenditures.
Examine the impact on health literacy of; rising costs, increasingly
complex health treatments, an individual's age, and cultural and
linguistic diversity.

JUSTIFICATION: Although New York has some existing health literacy
initiatives, the legislature finds that a comprehensive statewide
health literacy task force is a necessary and valuable step toward
eliminating as much as practicable the negative outcomes that health
literacy challenges create in the state. Health literacy shall mean an
individual's ability to read, understand, and act appropriately on
health care information.


Task force shall mean the interagency task force on health literacy.
The task force's, responsibilities shall include but not limited to
studying and evaluating the health literacy of the residents of this
state; In doing so the task farce will determine whether providing
appropriate health information to and increasing the health literacy
of the beneficiaries of public health services would increase the
efficiency of health care providers and decrease expenditures.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.1142 - Referred to Higher Education
2009-10: S.5626 - Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect December 1, 2013.

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

                                  3211

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

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
task force 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.
                                                           LBD06796-01-3

S. 3211                             2

  2. THE SUNY CHANCELLOR SHALL APPOINT A MEMBER OF THE  SUNY  SCHOOL  OF
PUBLIC HEALTH FACULTY TO CHAIR THE TASK FORCE.
  3. THE FOLLOWING REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE INVITED TO SERVE ON THE TASK
FORCE:
  (A)  THREE  REPRESENTATIVES FROM STATE HOSPITALS TO BE SELECTED BY THE
TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY;
  (B) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH;
  (C) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES;
  (D) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE MEDICAL SOCIETY  OF  THE  STATE  OF  NEW
YORK;
  (E)  A  REPRESENTATIVE  FROM THE NEW YORK CHAPTER, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF
PEDIATRICS;
  (F) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK COOPERATIVE EXTENSION;
  (G) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE ALBANY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY;
  (H) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE LONG  ISLAND  UNIVERSITY  A.M.  SCHWARTZ
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS;
  (I)  A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES;
  (J) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CLIN-
IC NETWORK;
  (K) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE  OFFICE  OF  MINORITY
HEALTH;
  (L)  A  REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILI-
TIES PLANNING COUNCIL;
  (M) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY;
  (N) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE EMPIRE STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION;
  (O) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK CITY  DEPARTMENT  OF  HEALTH  AND
MENTAL HYGIENE;
  (P) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING;
  (Q)  A  REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE HEALTH LITERACY PROJECT PARTNERSHIP OF
THE NEW YORK CITY MAYOR'S OFFICE AND UNITED WAY OF NEW YORK CITY; AND
  (R) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE HEALTH FOUNDATION.
  4. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE
FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A) "CHANCELLOR" SHALL MEAN THE CHANCELLOR  OF  THE  SUNY  SCHOOLS  OF
PUBLIC HEALTH IN ALBANY.
  (B)  "HEALTH  LITERACY"  SHALL  MEAN  AN INDIVIDUAL'S ABILITY TO READ,
UNDERSTAND, AND ACT APPROPRIATELY ON HEALTH CARE INFORMATION.
  (C) "TASK FORCE" MEANS THE INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON HEALTH LITERACY.
  5. THE TASK FORCE SHALL BE CHARGED WITH STUDYING  AND  EVALUATING  THE
HEALTH LITERACY OF THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL:
  (A)  EXAMINE  THE  ABILITY  OF  RESIDENTS  TO  ACCESS AVAILABLE HEALTH
SERVICES AND COMMUNICATE WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS;
  (B) IDENTIFY BARRIERS THAT PREVENT RESIDENTS WITH LOW HEALTH  LITERACY
FROM RECEIVING HEALTH CARE;
  (C) IDENTIFY GROUPS AT RISK FOR LOW HEALTH LITERACY;
  (D)  EXAMINE  WHETHER  PROVIDING APPROPRIATE HEALTH INFORMATION TO AND
INCREASING THE HEALTH  LITERACY OF THE BENEFICIARIES  OF  PUBLIC  HEALTH
SERVICES  WOULD  INCREASE  THE  EFFICIENCY  OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND
DECREASE EXPENDITURES;
  (E) EXAMINE THE IMPACT ON HEALTH LITERACY OF:
  (I) RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS;
  (II) INCREASINGLY COMPLEX HEALTH TREATMENTS;
  (III) AN INDIVIDUAL'S AGE; AND
  (IV) CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY.

S. 3211                             3

  6. THE SUNY SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN ALBANY SHALL PROVIDE THE STAFF
NECESSARY TO ASSIST THE TASK FORCE IN PERFORMING ITS DUTIES.
  7.  NO  LATER THAN DECEMBER FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, THE TASK
FORCE SHALL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON ITS FINDINGS UNDER  SUBDIVISION
FIVE  OF  THIS  SECTION. IN ADDITION, THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE A LIST OF
PROPOSED RULES AND REGULATIONS AND ANY NECESSARY LEGISLATION.  THE  TASK
FORCE  SHALL  ALSO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE ON STRATEGIES
FOR:
  (A) IMPROVING THE HEALTH LITERACY OF THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE.
  (B) PROMOTING THE USE OF PLAIN LANGUAGE BY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.
  (C) SIMPLIFYING THE ENROLLMENT  FORMS  AND  PROCEDURES  FOR  ACCESSING
HEALTH  INSURANCE  PLANS  SERVING INDIVIDUALS IN GROUPS IDENTIFIED AS AT
RISK FOR LOW HEALTH LITERACY.
  (D) DEVELOPING RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS  AND  RESIDENTS  OF
THIS STATE TO INCREASE HEALTH LITERACY.
  (E)  DEVELOPING  PROGRAMS TO AID THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE IN UNDER-
STANDING HEALTH CARE INFORMATION.
  (F) DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL CURRICULA TO INCREASE HEALTH LITERACY.
  (G) DEVELOPING EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND PRINT AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION  ON
HEALTH ISSUES.
  (H) FUNDING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect December 1, 2013.

S3211A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9152
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §238-b, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1142
2009-2010: S5626

S3211A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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

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BILL NUMBER:S3211A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the
establishment of the interagency task force on health literacy

PURPOSE:

To increase the knowledge of health literacy in the State of New York
so that its' citizens can make more informed health decisions.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 238 of the education law is amended By adding a new section
(238-b) Interagency task force on health literacy. This subsection
establishes within the State University of New York, an interagency
task force on health literacy to be administered according to the
provisions of this section. The task force shall assist the health and
human service agencies of this state in studying health literacy and
developing recommendations for improving health literacy in this
state. The SUNY Chancellor shall appoint a member of the SUNY school
of public health faculty to chair the task force.

Subsection (3) of this bill stipulates who shall be invited to serve
on the task force. Three representatives from state hospitals selected
by the temporary president of the Senate and Speaker of The Assembly.
The commissioners of the New York State Department of Health and of
Children and Family Services. Representatives from the Medical Society
of the State of New York, the New York Chapter of American Academy of
Pediatrics, the New York Cooperative Extension, The Albany College of
Pharmacy, the Long Island University A.M, Schwartz College of Pharmacy
and Allied Health Professions, the State University of New York at
Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the New York
State office of Minority Health, the New York State Developmental
Disabilities Planning Council, the Health Insurance Industry, the
Empire State Medical Association, the Commissioner of the New York
City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City
Department for the Aging, the Health Literacy Project Partnership of
the New York City Mayor's office and United Way of New York City and
the New York State Health Foundation.

Subsection (4) details what the task force shall do once it has
identified groups at risk for low health literacy; examine whether
providing appropriate health information to and increase the health
literacy of the beneficiaries of public health services would increase
the efficiency of health care providers and decrease expenditures.
Examine the impact on health literacy of; rising costs, increasingly
complex health treatments, an individual's age, and cultural and
linguistic diversity.

JUSTIFICATION:

Although New York has some existing health literacy initiatives, the
legislature finds that a comprehensive statewide health literacy task
force is a necessary and valuable step toward eliminating as much as
practicable the negative outcomes that health literacy challenges
create in the state. Health literacy shall mean an individual's


ability to read, understand, and act appropriately on health care
information.

Task force shall mean the interagency task force on health literacy.
The task force's, responsibilities shall include but not limited to
studying and evaluating the health literacy of the residents of this
state; In doing so the task force will determine whether providing
appropriate health information to and increasing the health literacy
of the beneficiaries of public health services would increase the
efficiency of health care providers and decrease expenditures.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2011-12: S.1142 - Referred to Higher Education
2009-10: S.5626 - Referred to Higher Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect December 1, 2014.

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

                                 3211--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 31, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education -- recom-
  mitted to the Committee on Higher Education in accordance with  Senate
  Rule  6,  sec.  8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

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
task force 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06796-02-4

S. 3211--A                          2

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.
  2.  THE  SUNY  CHANCELLOR SHALL APPOINT A MEMBER OF THE SUNY SCHOOL OF
PUBLIC HEALTH FACULTY TO CHAIR THE TASK FORCE.
  3. THE FOLLOWING REPRESENTATIVES SHALL BE INVITED TO SERVE ON THE TASK
FORCE:
  (A) THREE REPRESENTATIVES FROM STATE HOSPITALS TO BE SELECTED  BY  THE
TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY;
  (B) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH;
  (C) THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES;
  (D)  A  REPRESENTATIVE  FROM  THE  MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW
YORK;
  (E) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK CHAPTER,  AMERICAN  ACADEMY  OF
PEDIATRICS;
  (F) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK COOPERATIVE EXTENSION;
  (G) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE ALBANY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY;
  (H)  A  REPRESENTATIVE  FROM  THE LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY A.M. SCHWARTZ
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS;
  (I) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT  BUFFALO
SCHOOL OF PHARMACY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES;
  (J) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CLIN-
IC NETWORK;
  (K)  A  REPRESENTATIVE  FROM  THE  NEW  YORK  STATE OFFICE OF MINORITY
HEALTH;
  (L) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE  DEVELOPMENTAL  DISABILI-
TIES PLANNING COUNCIL;
  (M) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY;
  (N) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE EMPIRE STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION;
  (O)  THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
MENTAL HYGIENE;
  (P) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING;
  (Q) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE HEALTH LITERACY PROJECT  PARTNERSHIP  OF
THE NEW YORK CITY MAYOR'S OFFICE AND UNITED WAY OF NEW YORK CITY; AND
  (R) A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NEW YORK STATE HEALTH FOUNDATION.
  4. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE
FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A)  "CHANCELLOR"  SHALL  MEAN  THE  CHANCELLOR OF THE SUNY SCHOOLS OF
PUBLIC HEALTH IN ALBANY.
  (B) "HEALTH LITERACY" SHALL MEAN  AN  INDIVIDUAL'S  ABILITY  TO  READ,
UNDERSTAND, AND ACT APPROPRIATELY ON HEALTH CARE INFORMATION.
  (C) "TASK FORCE" MEANS THE INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE ON HEALTH LITERACY.
  5.  THE  TASK  FORCE SHALL BE CHARGED WITH STUDYING AND EVALUATING THE
HEALTH LITERACY OF THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE. THE TASK FORCE SHALL:
  (A) EXAMINE THE  ABILITY  OF  RESIDENTS  TO  ACCESS  AVAILABLE  HEALTH
SERVICES AND COMMUNICATE WITH HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS;
  (B)  IDENTIFY BARRIERS THAT PREVENT RESIDENTS WITH LOW HEALTH LITERACY
FROM RECEIVING HEALTH CARE;
  (C) IDENTIFY GROUPS AT RISK FOR LOW HEALTH LITERACY;
  (D) EXAMINE WHETHER PROVIDING APPROPRIATE HEALTH  INFORMATION  TO  AND
INCREASING  THE  HEALTH   LITERACY OF THE BENEFICIARIES OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SERVICES WOULD INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY  OF  HEALTH  CARE  PROVIDERS  AND
DECREASE EXPENDITURES;
  (E) EXAMINE THE IMPACT ON HEALTH LITERACY OF:
  (I) RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS;
  (II) INCREASINGLY COMPLEX HEALTH TREATMENTS;

S. 3211--A                          3

  (III) AN INDIVIDUAL'S AGE; AND
  (IV) CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY.
  6. THE SUNY SCHOOLS OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN ALBANY SHALL PROVIDE THE STAFF
NECESSARY TO ASSIST THE TASK FORCE IN PERFORMING ITS DUTIES.
  7.  NO  LATER  THAN DECEMBER FIFTEENTH, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, THE TASK
FORCE SHALL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON ITS FINDINGS UNDER  SUBDIVISION
FIVE  OF  THIS  SECTION. IN ADDITION, THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE A LIST OF
PROPOSED RULES AND REGULATIONS AND ANY NECESSARY LEGISLATION.  THE  TASK
FORCE  SHALL  ALSO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LEGISLATURE ON STRATEGIES
FOR:
  (A) IMPROVING THE HEALTH LITERACY OF THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE.
  (B) PROMOTING THE USE OF PLAIN LANGUAGE BY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS.
  (C) SIMPLIFYING THE ENROLLMENT  FORMS  AND  PROCEDURES  FOR  ACCESSING
HEALTH  INSURANCE  PLANS  SERVING INDIVIDUALS IN GROUPS IDENTIFIED AS AT
RISK FOR LOW HEALTH LITERACY.
  (D) DEVELOPING RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS  AND  RESIDENTS  OF
THIS STATE TO INCREASE HEALTH LITERACY.
  (E)  DEVELOPING  PROGRAMS TO AID THE RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE IN UNDER-
STANDING HEALTH CARE INFORMATION.
  (F) DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL CURRICULA TO INCREASE HEALTH LITERACY.
  (G) DEVELOPING EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND PRINT AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION  ON
HEALTH ISSUES.
  (H) FUNDING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect December 1, 2014.

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