Facilitating State Health Exchange
Communication Through the Use of

HEALTH LITERATE PRACTICES

Workshop Summary

Maria Hewitt, Rapporteur

Roundtable on Health Literacy

Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

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Facilitating State Health Exchange Communication Through the Use of HEALTH LITERATE PRACTICES Workshop Summary Maria Hewitt, Rapporteur Roundtable on Health Literacy Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS 500 Fifth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001 NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Gov- erning Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engi - neering, and the Institute of Medicine. This study was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (HHSP233200900537P), Aetna, the American College of Physicians Foundation, the Association of Health Insurance Plans, GlaxoSmithKline, the Health Resources and Services Adminis - tration (HHSH25034004T), Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Merck and Co., Inc., and the Missouri Foundation for Health (09-0290-HL-09). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project. International Standard Book Number-13: 978-0-309-22029-3 International Standard Book Number-10: 0-309-22029-7 Additional copies of this report are available from the National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Lockbox 285, Washington, DC 20055; (800) 624-6242 or (202) 334-3313 (in the Washington metropolitan area); Internet, http://www.nap.edu. For more information about the Institute of Medicine, visit the IOM home page at: www.iom.edu. Copyright 2012 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America The serpent has been a symbol of long life, healing, and knowledge among almost all cultures and religions since the beginning of recorded history. The serpent adopted as a logotype by the Institute of Medicine is a relief carving from ancient Greece, now held by the Staatliche Museen in Berlin. Suggested citation: IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2012. Facilitating State Health Exchange Communication Through the Use of Health Literate Practices: Workshop Sum - mary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press

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“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” — Goethe Advising the Nation. Improving Health.

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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON FACILITATING STATE HEALTH EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION THROUGH THE USE OF HEALTH LITERATE PRACTICES1 FRANK FUNDERBURK, Director, Division of Research, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore, MD JILL GRIFFITHS, Vice President, Communications, Aetna, Hartford, CT MARCIA J. NIELSEN, Associate Professor; Department of Health Policy and Management, Associate Dean for Health Policy, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City WINSTON WONG, Medical Director and Director, Community Benefit, Disparities Improvement, and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA 1 Institute of Medicine planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the workshop, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteur and the institution. v

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ROUNDTABLE ON HEALTH LITERACY1 GEORGE ISHAM (Chair), Medical Director and Chief Health Officer, HealthPartners SHARON E. BARRETT, Health Literacy Staff Consultant, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved CINDY BRACH, Senior Health Policy Researcher, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality CAROLYN COCOTAS, Senior Vice President, Quality and Corporate Compliance, F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System ARTHUR CULBERT, President and CEO, Health Literacy Missouri MICHAEL L. DAVIS, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, General Mills, Inc. BENARD P. DREYER, Professor of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, and Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Health Literacy Program Advisory Committee LEONARD EPSTEIN, Senior Advisor, Clinical Quality and Culture, Health Resources and Services Administration DEBBIE FRITZ, Director, Policy and Standards, Health Management Innovations Division, GlaxoSmithKline MARTHA GRAGG, Vice President of Program, Missouri Foundation for Health JILL GRIFFITHS, Vice President, Communications, Aetna LINDA HARRIS, Team Leader, Health Communication and eHealth Team, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services BETSY L. HUMPHREYS, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health JEAN KRAUSE, Executive Vice President and CEO, American College of Physicians Foundation MARGARET LOVELAND, Global Medical Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc. PATRICK McGARRY, Assistant Division Director, Scientific Activities Division, American Academy of Family Physicians RUTH PARKER, Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine YOLANDA PARTIDA, Director, National Program Office, Hablamos Juntos, University of California, San Francisco, Fresno Center for Medical Education & Research 1Institute of Medicine forums and roundtables do not issue, review, or approve individual documents. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteur and the institution. vi

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CLARENCE PEARSON, Consultant, Global Health Leadership and Management SUSAN PISANO, Director of Communications, America’s Health Insurance Plans ANDREW PLEASANT, Health Literacy and Research Director, Canyon Ranch Institute SCOTT C. RATZAN, Vice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson WILL ROSS, Associate Dean for Diversity, Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine PAUL M. SCHYVE, Senior Vice President, The Joint Commission PATRICK WAYTE, Vice President, Marketing and Health Education, American Heart Association WINSTON F. WONG, Medical Director, Community Benefit, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA Study Staff LYLA M. HERNANDEZ, Staff Director ANDREW LEMERISE, Research Associate ANGELA MARTIN, Senior Project Assistant ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice vii

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Reviewers This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its pub- lished report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: David Coultas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Elizabeth Hahn, Center on Outcomes, Research and Education (CORE) Alice Horowitz, University of Maryland Aileen Kantor, Health Literacy Innovations Kathleen Mazor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Although the reviewers listed above have provided many construc- tive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was over- seen by Hugh H. Tilson, University of North Carolina. Appointed by ix

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x REVIEWERS the Institute of Medicine, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the rapporteur and the institution.

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Acknowledgments The sponsors of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Lit - eracy made it possible to plan and conduct the workshop Facilitating State Health Exchange Communication Through the Use of Health Liter- ate Practices. Sponsors from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Nonfederal sponsorship was provided by Aetna; the American College of Physicians Foundation; the Association of Health Insurance Plans; GlaxoSmithKline; Johnson & Johnson; Kaiser Permanente; Merck and Co., Inc.; and the Missouri Foun- dation for Health. The roundtable wishes to express its gratitude to the following speak- ers for their thoughtful and stimulating presentations: Sabrina Corlette, Frank Funderburk, Marilyn Maultsby, Yolanda Partida, Susan Pisano, Lynn Quincy, Rima Rudd, and Alice Weiss. The roundtable also wishes to thank the planning committee members for their work in developing an excellent workshop agenda. Members of the planning committee were Frank Funderburk, Jill Griffiths, Marcia Nielsen, and Winston Wong. xi

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Contents 1 INTRODUCTION 1 References, 4 2 STATE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES—OVERVIEW 5 State Health Insurance Exchanges: Helping Consumers Navigate an Enrollment Superhighway, 5 Lessons Learned from Currently Operating Health Exchanges, 13 Discussion, 18 References, 26 3 STATE INSURANCE EXCHANGES’ IMPACT ON CONSUMERS 27 How Consumers Shop for Health Insurance: Lessons for Exchange Designers, 27 The Challenge of Health Insurance Language or Communication with Vulnerable Populations, 34 Discussion, 43 References, 47 4 HEALTH LITERACY RELEVANCE TO HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES 49 The Importance of Health Literacy in Health Insurance Reform, 49 Health Insurance Exchanges: Facilitating Choice Through Health Literacy Interventions, 54 xiii

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xiv CONTENTS Discussion, 60 References, 65 5 CURRENT BEST PRACTICES IN DEVELOPING MATERIALS AND COMMUNICATING WITH CONSUMERS 67 Lessons Learned from the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), 67 Health Plans and Health Literacy: Laying the Foundation and Beyond, 71 Discussion, 74 References, 78 6 REFLECTIONS ON LESSONS LEARNED 79 APPENDIXES A WORKSHOP AGENDA 85 B WORKSHOP SPEAKER BIOSKETCHES 89 C STATEMENT ON HEALTH PLAN LEADERSHIP IN ADVANCING HEALTH LITERACY AND CLEAR HEALTH COMMUNICATION 95 TABLES 2-1 The Utah Health Exchange: What It Does and Does Not Do, 15 3-1 Three Consumer’s Union Studies of Consumer Health Insurance Shopping Behavior, 28 4-1 Access and Navigation, 57 FIGURE 3-1 Coverage examples, 30 BOXES 3-1 Examples of Inconsistently Used Program Names in Health Plan Materials, 40 3-2 Difficult-to-Understand Medicare Program Components (English), 41 4-1 The Design of State Health Insurance Exchanges, 55