Monday, August 2, 2010

Most Seniors Misinformed About Health Reform

Only 28% knew that the law improves the availability of long-term care at home for seniors with disabilities.....National Council on Aging....
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

A national survey of adults aged 65 and older for the National Council on Aging (NCOA) finds that most seniors are still confused or unaware of important aspects of health reform, or the Affordable Care Act, including its impact on their own Medicare coverage, the growth of Medicare, and the budget deficit.

Exploring a range of topics, from new care provisions to the financing of the new law, the poll also found that:

  • Only 14% of seniors knew that the law does not cut Medicare payments to doctors; 45% answered incorrectly and 41% said they did not know.
  • Only 24% of seniors knew that it is projected to extend the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund.
  • Only 28% knew that the law improves the availability of long-term care at home for seniors with disabilities.
  • Only 22% knew about improvements in chronic care.
  • Only 33% knew about the new, free yearly wellness visit Medicare will now provide.
  • Two out of three seniors either did not know (43%) or gave the wrong answer about the future growth of Medicare spending. Only 34% knew that it will continue to grow under the new law, just more slowly.

National Poll on Health Reform and Seniors

National Council on Aging,

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