The Link Between Reading & Your Health Care

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Thirty-two million adults in the United States cannot read, according to a recent U.S. Department of Education study. Of those thirty-two million adults, thirty-five percent are of African American heritage and do not meet the basic literacy standard. The average African American twelfth-grade student reads at the same level as Caucasian eight-grade students. This reveals that millions of  African American youth are unable to understand or evaluate text or provide relevant details about the written documents they read.

Likewise, understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance may be difficult for individuals with limited literacy and health literacy. Individuals with behavioral health conditions also face barriers to accessing and receiving health care.

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