|How confident are you that Medicare will be available for the rest of your life?|
|October 2012||June 2012|
An Extend Health survey of 1,140 seniors on Medicare revealed that 74% 1 of respondents are “very” or “somewhat” confident that Medicare will be there for the rest of their lives – the highest level of confidence expressed since Extend Health began surveys on this question in December 2009. Asked the same question in a survey conducted just three months ago, in June 2012, just 61% said they were “very” or “somewhat” confident. Extend Health, operator of the nation’s largest private Medicare exchange, fielded the current survey on October 17–18, 2012. It was timed to gauge seniors’ confidence in Medicare after several months of intensive debate on the future of Medicare by both presidential candidates and their campaigns. Extend Health is a Towers Watson company. Said Bryce Williams, Founder of Extend Health and Managing Director of Exchange Solutions for Towers Watson, “We’ve been tracking seniors’ overall confidence in Medicare for almost three years. Over time, we’ve watched seniors’ confidence in Medicare move up and down based on the nature of political debates and news headlines. Results from the current survey represent the sharpest increase in seniors’ confidence in Medicare since we initiated these surveys – a reflection perhaps of both presidential candidates’ strong messages that they are determined to protect Medicare for this generation of seniors.” The following chart shows the pattern of increases and decreases in confidence since March 2010, right before the passage of the health care reform law. Detailed results from the survey question are as follows:
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