Survey: More than 50% of older Americans believe Medicare should pay for long-term care

Kelly Gooch - Print  | 

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research surveyed Americans age 40 and older about their views on long-term care, both now and in the future.

Here are five findings from the survey, which included more than 1,300 interviews.

1. More than half of Americans age 40 and older believe Medicare should pay long-term care costs.

2. The survey found two-thirds of respondents believe the U.S. is not prepared for the rapid growth of America's aging population. The number of Americans age 65 and older is expected to reach about 98 million by 2060, up from 46.2 million in 2014, according to the survey.

3. More than three in four survey respondents support providing tax breaks for family caregivers, "to encourage savings for long-term care, and for purchasing long-term care insurance."

4. The survey found 67 percent of respondents have done little or no planning for their care.

5. Respondents across political party lines support paid family leave programs and other policies helping caregivers.


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