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Where Do the Candidates Stand on Services for Maine Elders?

Currently, long-term care services and funding in Maine are heavily focused on nursing homes and other institutional care settings. By expanding access to home and community-based services, Maine would enable more people to be served in their setting of choice and potentially save money by serving fewer people in more costly institutional settings. The new federal health care law includes new options and financial incentives for states that will make it easier for consumers to receive services and supports in the settings of their choice.

Opinions of Maine People

AARP commissioned a poll of Maine people in July/August 2010 to determine how much of a priority it should be for the next governor of Maine to ensure that Maine residents have services available so they can remain in their homes and communities as they age. AARP found that about seven out of ten (68%) Mainers feel that it should be a priority for the next governor. More specifically, 32 percent believe that it should be a top priority, and 36 percent believe it should be a high priority.

AARP’s Position

In a 2006 Maine Healthcare Membership Survey, 86% of our members expressed the desire to continue living at home after retirement. AARP supports reforms to the long-term care system that allow individuals to remain in their home or home-like settings.

Candidates’ Positions

AARP asked the Maine gubernatorial candidates the following questions in regard to home- and community-based services for Maine elders:

"What steps would you take to ensure that Maine residents have choices to remain in their homes and communities as they age? Do you support or oppose making the long-term care system in Maine more responsive to the needs and preferences of Maine’s residents?"

See how each of the candidates for governor responded.

Find more information on AARP Maine’s voter education activities on Facebook or AARP.org and search for the election races in Maine.

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