Health Literacy Innovations Adds the HHS Uniform Glossary to the Health Literacy Advisor

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New Function Helps Insurers to Comply with New Health Reform Law

To help health insurers comply with new rules of the Affordable Care Act -- those that require health insurers and group health plans to provide concise and comprehensible information about health plan benefits to Americans with private health coverage -- Health Literacy Innovations (HLI) today announced the addition of the HHS “uniform glossary” to the Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), the nation’s first interactive health literacy software.

These rules, which ensure consumers receive two key forms to help them understand and evaluate their health insurance choices, include a short, easy-to-understand Summary of Benefits and Coverage (or SBC) and a list of definitions (called the uniform glossary) that explains terms commonly used in health insurance coverage such as deductible and co-payment.

The HLA now includes the HHS uniform glossary.

“By adding the HHS uniform glossary of terms to the Health Literacy Advisor, we eliminate the need to find these terms, copy the definitions, or manually insert them into heath information for consumers,” said Health Literacy Innovations Chief Content Expert and Multilingual Director Aracely Rosales. “With just one mouse click, Health Literacy Advisor users can add these terms to consumer health information, making access to the HHS uniform glossary immediate, simple, and uncomplicated,” Rosales concludes.

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About HLI
Knowing that “literacy” is the single most important indicator of a health outcome, Health Literacy Innovations (HLI) creates tools to help eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy. HLI's flagship product, the Health Literacy Advisor™ (in Spanish—Asesor de Comunicación en Salud™) is the nation's first, only, and most powerful health literacy software tool. As a “health literacy checker,” the HLA streamlines the review and simplification process by allowing users to assess the readability of their documents and then fix it using plain language principles. The HLA applies nine well-known readability indices in English and six indices in Spanish and an interactive search-and-replace function to eliminate hard-to-read terms and phrases and medical jargon with plain language alternatives. The combination of these two functions, a document “grade” with a readability score/grade level, and the ReadsEasy™ stamp (a reward for good work) sets the HLA software apart from programs or readability indices alone. For more information, please visit or call 301-230-4966.

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