Poll: Candidates should propose long-term care plans

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Americans are looking to the presidential candidates for long-term care solutions, a new poll reveals.

Approximately 80% of Americans say they'd like the candidates to include long-term care in their healthcare proposals, the survey found. Also, almost seven in ten people queried say they have not made any plans for their own, a spouse or another relative's long term care needs, according to the survey by Public Opinion Strategies and The Mellman Group. More than half surveyed supported new taxes or payroll deductions to subsidize a long- term care program.

Last week, Genworth Financial Inc. presented results of the poll during the 2007 National Long Term Care Symposium held in Washington, D.C. The symposium, which gathered experts from healthcare, government and other sectors, included representatives from the American Association of Homes Services for the Aging, the American Health Care Association, AARP and the Congressional Long Term Care Caucus. The symposium also released a new book: The Future of Long Term Care in America: Views and Recommendations by Prominent Experts.