HUDSON COUNTY -- Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos (D-33rd Dist.) introduced a bill last Thursday, May 10, that seeks to expand health literacy education in public schools.
“Healthcare is something everybody needs, but not everybody understands,” said Ramos (D-33). “This bill will help equip teens and young adults with essential knowledge about how to best manage their health needs and seek out the best care possible.”
The bill, A2904, would require that students are taught how to communicate with healthcare professionals about their symptoms, and how to read and comprehend medical care instructions. The bill would also require that students are taught to develop a basic understanding of how to "navigate" the country's healthcare system.
“Navigating the American healthcare system can be a daunting task, especially to college-bound kids leaving home for the first time," said Ramos. "Eventually all of us need to see a doctor or receive medical attention, and this bill ensures we’re preparing our children for that scenario, whenever it comes.”
The bill, which is co-sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-4th Dist.), will now undergo a hearing in the Assembly Education Committee. -Stephen LaMarca