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Support for Maintaining Health and Long-term Care Programs: A Survey of Oregonians Age 35+

Recognizing a $500 million shortfall in the budget this year, and a likely loss of twice that amount over the next two years, some legislators in Oregon are recommending across the board cuts in spending on many programs and services, which will include health care for children, and long-term care (LTC) services for older persons and persons with disabilities. This random telephone survey of 1,000 age 35+ Oregonians was conducted to gauge their knowledge of and support for maintaining funding of current health and LTC programs and various revenue options.

The findings from this survey show that most Oregonians feel that not enough funding is being channeled into the state’s health and LTC programs and services. When asked to consider the current economic situation in the state, the majority feel that it is very important for the state to maintain current levels of funding for these programs and services, and many show strong support for legislation to maintain funding for these programs – even if it means an increase in taxes.

The survey was conducted from November 26 to December 15, 2002. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Jennifer H. Sauer at 202-434-6207.

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