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Texas Eldercare Poll: 57 Percent Less Likely to Back Local Legislator if They Oppose Medicaid Rate Boost
Date:6/2/2008

Texas Health Care Association Raising Profile of Key Issue Impacting Texas Seniors' Access to Quality Nursing Home Care

AUSTIN, Texas, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With just more than five months until the November election, a statewide poll of registered Texas voters by Baselice Associates finds 57% of voters less likely to vote for their local state legislator if he or she opposed increasing the amount the state pays nursing homes for Medicaid resident care. GOP, Democrat and Independent voters alike, in media markets across the state, back a rate increase.

The data, released today by Texas Health Care Association (THCA), prompted THCA President Tim Graves to say the group "will ensure voters are not only aware Texas' Medicaid rates are the 49th lowest in the nation - and fails to pay the daily rate the State itself says is necessary to care for Texas' oldest, most needy citizens - but also which lawmakers are helping to ensure this ongoing Medicaid funding crisis is properly rectified by state government."

While 57% of Texas voters are less likely to support their local state legislator if they opposed boosting seniors' Medicaid rates, 22% are more likely to do so. 12% say it makes no difference; 9% were unsure or refused. The Baselice Associates poll of 801 registered Texas voters was conducted 4/30-5/4, and has an error margin of +/- 3.5%. On a statewide basis by media market, the poll finds:

Media Market Less Likely More Likely No Dif/Unsure

Dallas-Ft.Worth 55% 22% 22%

Houston 59% 18% 24%

Aus/Waco/Bryan 58% 21% 21%

San Ant/South/

El Paso 55% 27% 18%

West Texas 56% 25% 19%

East Texas 63% 17% 21%

Voter I.D.

Solid GOP 47%
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SOURCE Texas Health Care Association
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