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Who's afraid of long-term care? Californians

April 21, 2010 |  9:41 am

Cane Two-thirds of registered voters in California, those 40 and older anyway, say they worry about whether or not they could afford long-term care for themselves or a family member, finds a new poll from the SCAN Foundation and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Here are the poll results and the news release.

They're right to worry.

As the L.A. Times' Michael Hiltzik noted in his recent column, Long-term-care policies: Pouring money down a hole?:

"Here's a lesson baby boomers are just beginning to learn: You pay for long-term-care insurance for years, even decades, and then your insurance company changes the rules."

But Bruce Chernof, president and chief executive of the SCAN Foundation, seems cautiously optimistic in the wake of the recent healthcare overhaul. As he noted in his recent opinion article, Healthcare reform: What's in it for our seniors?:

"Lost in the maelstrom of misinformation, however, is the reality that the newly passed legislation lays the groundwork for greatly improving the full continuum of healthcare services for seniors, which includes renovating our nation's nonexistent long-term care system."

Here's more on how the healthcare overhaul would affect long-term care, courtesy Kaiser Health News.

-- Tami Dennis

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