Polling Data Shows Seniors More Likely to Support Candidates Who Oppose Home Health Cuts

From the Pennsylvania Homecare Association

As part of Bring the Vote Home, the national initiative designed to help seniors and people with disabilities register to vote and cast their ballots in the November election, monthly public opinion polls are being conducted of registered voters age 65 and older. These polls measure senior sentiment on key political and policy issues. According to recent polling data, six in 10 seniors (59%) say they are more likely to support a candidate who opposes cuts to home health. The same number say they oppose co-payments on home health.

PHA and homecare agencies across the state are joining home-based care providers across the country to participate in Bring the Vote Home. Member agencies will be conducting voter drives among their staff, patients and consumers. Caregivers will assist patients and their families in registering to vote or in applying for absentee ballots.

In addition, PHA is polling all Pennsylvania Congressional candidates and candidates for the Pennsylvania Senate to learn their position on home-based care for seniors and people with disabilities. All responses will be compiled into a Voter Guide that will be distributed to homecare professionals, patients, consumers and families across the state this fall.