“Older Americans Want Medicare to Pay for Long-Term Care,” by Emily Swanson, U.S. News & World Report

“More than half of older Americans — 56 percent — think the federal government should devote a great deal or a lot of effort to helping people with the costs of long-term care, and another 30 percent think it should make a moderate effort to do so. . . . Most also favor tax policies to encourage long-term care planning, including tax breaks to encourage saving for long-term care and the ability to use nontaxable accounts like 401(k)s and IRAs to pay for long-term care insurance premiums. . . . Fifty-seven percent plan to rely on Medicare quite a bit or completely for their own ongoing living assistance if and when they need it, even though Medicare does not cover most nursing care or home health aides. Just 25 percent plan to rely on Medicaid. Medicaid is much more likely to pay for long-term care, but is only available to lower income and disabled individuals and families.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
What’s more predictable than “People want something for nothing” and “Politicians thrive by appearing to give it to them?”

Older Americans Want Medicare to Pay for Long-Term Care