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Congress Proclaims Support for Long Term Care Awareness Week; Recent Poll Shows Voters Want Long Term Care Included in Presidential Candidates' Healthcare Proposals
Date:11/6/2007

Research Also Reveals 70% of Americans Have No Long Term Care Plans

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To focus attention on the growing impact long term care has on American families, the U.S. House of Representatives has for the first time issued a resolution proclaiming its support for national Long Term Care Awareness Week (Nov. 4 - 10).

Genworth Financial -- one of the nation's leading providers of individual long term care insurance* -- is among several long term care insurers actively participating in this industry-wide awareness campaign. During its annual LTC symposium held last month, Genworth Financial released the results of a new poll examining how voters feel about long term care issues as they relate to the upcoming presidential election.

According to the new bi-partisan national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS) and The Mellman Group, nearly seven in 10 Americans have not made any plans for their own, a spouse's or another relative's long term care needs. Yet, more than half those surveyed have had a loved one who needed some form of long term care. The poll also found that close to 80 percent of the respondents want to see long term care included in the healthcare proposals offered by the presidential candidates. More than 80 percent of those surveyed also said that positions on long term care funding will be an important factor in deciding who to vote for in the 2008 election.

Genworth Financial also has published a new book on the future of long term care in America, written by leading experts, which discusses America's current long term care system and the challenges it will face as 78 million Baby Boomers age.

"This new book will hopefully encourage more people to think seriously about how their families would manage through a long term care situation," said Buck Stinson, president of Genworth Financial's long term care insurance division.

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