Even though summer season is just about to begin, many Plan Managers and HR consultants are probably  already thinking about preparing for the 2018 Open Enrollment. We decided to play around with another fun summer themed infographic to get plan managers to also think about planning for translation and health literacy writing. Per an online survey with the Kaiser Family Foundation, it appears that almost half of the respondents do not understand fully the health concepts that can drive up costs. As with every annual open enrollment, there is an opportunity for plan members to get educated about health concepts. However, this year that window of opportunity for researching, education and choosing a plan is also shorter than previous years; only 45 days. This increases the pressure on plan managers to provide accurate and well written information that is understood in English and, for those families who need language assistance, also in other languages. Plus, the Section 1557 Final Rule also increases the need for Federally sponsored plans to provide language assistance to a wider audience and in more languages. This increases the expectations of plan members to be provided health assistance in languages that were previously perhaps under served.

2018 Open Enrollment Infographic

2018 Open Enrollment Infographic – Language Solutions, Inc.

 

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