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Long-Term Care in Michigan: A Survey of Voters Age 45+

In April 2005, the Michigan Medicaid Long-Term Care (LTC) Task Force released a draft report, Modernizing Michigan Medicaid Long-Term Care toward an Integrated System of Services and Support, setting forth a series of recommendations for addressing unmet needs and for better utilization of state LTC resources.

The purpose of this May 2005 AARP telephone survey was to examine the values, experiences, and preferences of Michigan voters age 45 and older regarding LTC services. Specifically, the survey asked voters to reflect on:

  • Their preferences for the delivery of LTC services.
  • Their confidence in the future affordability of LTC services.
  • Difficulties they have experienced in affording quality LTC services and difficulty in obtaining needed information to judge the quality of care and to access government LTC programs and funding.
  • The importance of health care insurance for health care workers in reducing turnover and improving the quality of care.
  • Support for maintaining public LTC funding and increased funding for home-and-community-based care services.

The findings of the survey are examined in the context of the draft report and its recommendations to determine how the proposed recommendations align with voter preferences and needs.

This telephone survey, conducted for AARP by Woelfel Research, included a state-wide sample of 800 registered Michigan voters age 45 and older and oversamples of 200 Michigan residents in each of two areas – Kent County/Grand Rapids and Western Wayne/Oakland County. Interviews took place between May 4th and 15th, 2005. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Susan Silberman, Ph.D., at 202-434-6339. (51 pages)

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