New Poll Shows Overwhelming, Bipartisan Opposition to Home Health Care Budget Cuts


A national survey of likely voters, conducted jointly by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Fabrizio Ward, and released by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), found overwhelming opposition to proposed home health care budget cuts and new beneficiary cost-sharing.

Key Findings

  • Opposition is bipartisan, with 86% of Democrats, 70% of Republicans and 62% of independents rejecting the home health cuts.
  • Voters also strongly oppose out-of-pocket co-pay costs for home health patients, with 73% of voters opposing, including 81% of seniors.
  • Hearing counter arguments does not dissuade the opposition: 67% of voters still opposed the home health care funding cuts, and opposition to co-pays actually increased to 75%.
  • Voters will take these sentiments into the 2012 elections: 64% of seniors said they would be less likely to vote for a member of Congress who supported either proposal.

The survey also found strong public support for alternatives to contain Medicare costs, as more than 80 percent of voters support a number of alternative proposals to cut costs by eliminating fraud and abuse within the health care system and by increasing efficiencies in the delivery of care. 

Read the full memo and the press release and visit NAHC. See the Roll Call ad here.

Methodology

These findings are based on a national telephone survey of 750 likely November 2012 voters, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Fabrizio Ward from June 21 to June 26, 2011. The sample was supplemented with an oversampling of 100 seniors and has a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

About the National Association for Home Care & Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services each year to some 10 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC is committed to excellence in every respect and provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care. To learn more about NAHC, visit www.nahc.org and www.caring.org.


Sources: Anna Greenberg and Melissa Egelsky

Client: National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)