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Health and Long-Term Care Services During a Budget Crisis: A Survey of Wisconsin Residents 50+

Like most states in 2003, Wisconsin is experiencing an economic downturn characterized by sharply lower state revenues and rising demand for state services. Because almost all states are legally obligated to balance their budgets, hard choices are being made: trimming or dismantling programs and services, cutting state jobs, finding new ways to generate needed resources, or some combination of these options.

AARP's telephone survey of 824 randomly selected Wisconsin residents age 50 and older found that:

  • 92 percent say it is important to them that the state maintain current levels of funding for the SeniorCare prescription drug program and home and community-based care services
  • 91 percent say that, even if they themselves are not currently personally eligible, it is important to maintain current levels of funding to help people obtain SeniorCare and home and community-based care services
  • 81 to 82 percent support finding ways to generate additional revenues for maintaining services such as Family Care, Partnership, Community Options, and Community Integration and SeniorCare

The survey was conducted between February 3 and 15, 2003 by Woelfel Research, Inc., and the report prepared by Susan L. Silberman, Ph.D., of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202/434-6339 for further information. (27 pages)

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