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SCAN: 66 percent of Californians want a public LTC program

A foundation affiliated with a nonprofit insurer that provides "soup to nuts" Medicare coverage -- including coverage for long-term care (LTC) services -- says many residents of California seem to support the idea of setting up a government-run LTC finance program.

The SCAN Foundation -- an organization created by SCAN Health Plan -- has presented that finding in a summary of results from a recent telephone survey of 1,019 adults ages 40 and older, including 386 participants in California.

The president of the SCAN Foundation, Bruce Chernof, is the chair of the new Federal Commission on Long-Term Care.

In California, the survey team found that 40 percent of the California residents identified themselves as Democrats, 17 percent as Republicans, and 18 percent as independents.

That compares with 33 percent who identified themselves as Democrats in the nation as a whole, 21 percent who called themselves Republicans, and 22 percent who called themselves independents.

When survey workers asked whether participants in California would favor "a government administered long-term care insurance program, similar to Medicare" to "help Americans prepare for the costs of ongoing living assistance," 66 percent said they favor the idea of setting up a Medicare-like government-administered LTC program, and 43 percent said they strongly support that idea, foundation representatives said.

In the country as a whole, about 51 percent said they support the idea of setting up a Medicare-like LTC program, and 30 percent said they strongly support the concept.

Overall support for "tax breaks to encourage saving for ongoing living assistance expenses" was stronger, with 77 percent of all participants and 84 percent of the California participants saying the somewhat or strongly support the idea of creating new LTC savings tax breaks.

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