We’ve just fielded our quarterly Medicare confidence survey, the third in the series. We sent out the first one right before the passage of the PPACA, a second in June, and this one, conducted on the eve of the November 2nd midterm elections.  This independent survey of 431 retirees covered by Medicare revealed that 63% of retirees are not confident that Medicare will be there for the rest of their children’s lives. Yet, 60% are “very” or “somewhat” confident Medicare will be available for the rest of their own lives.

This survey was fielded October 20-31, 2010, and showed that retiree confidence levels in Medicare have remained steady throughout the year. Read on for the full results from all three surveys.

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The latest Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll shows some interesting results. The number of people with an unfavorable view of reform has dropped to 35%, from 41% last month, but the number who have a favorable view has only increased by 2%, up to 50%.

This month’s poll took a closer look at the attitudes of seniors, who’ve been the most unfavorable group overall so far. This and an earlier survey by the National Council on Aging give an indication why: both show that a majority of seniors are misinformed about key components of the bill, with many believing that it cuts basic Medicare benefits, institutes so-called “death panels,” and will weaken the financial condition of the Medicare fund. A majority are unaware of new benefits for Medicare recipients such as free preventive screening and yearly checkups.

We just put a press release on the wire with the results of our latest Medicare Confidence survey. We plan to survey our retiree panel about this issue on a regular basis. The first survey went out around the time the health care reform bill passed. 90 days later, retiree confidence in Medicare being available during their own lifetimes has increased a bit, but they remain concerned about Medicare for future generations. Read the rest of this entry »