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by: Rep. Turner, John
04/18/2019

HB 2032 creates the Health Literacy Advisory Committee, helping to keep Texans healthier and reduce healthcare costs

(AUSTIN, TX) – This week, the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 2032 by Rep. John Turner of Dallas, creating the Health Literacy Advisory Committee. Rep. Turner is in his first term as a legislator. HB 2032 was his first bill to pass out of the Texas House.

Following passage of the bill, Representative Turner released the following statement:

“Creating the Health Literacy Advisory Committee is an important step in tackling the problem of low health literacy in Texas. This bill should help keep Texans healthier and reduce healthcare costs. I am grateful to my colleagues in the House for the their bipartisan support for the bill.”

Health literacy encompasses recognizing risk factors such as cholesterol and blood sugar levels, properly interpreting and following prescription instructions, being able to understand health insurance plan options, and other important subjects. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, low health literacy is estimated to cost the US economy up to $238 billion annually, which represents 17 percent of all personal healthcare expenditures.

In the 2019-2020 State Health Plan, the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council’s first policy recommendation was to create the Health Literacy Advisory Committee. The Committee will include representatives of the academic community, consumer groups, physicians, and other interested parties, and will develop long-term strategies for improving health literacy in Texas.

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