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Three Out of Four Pennsylvania Voters Support Increased State Funding for Home Healthcare Services
Date:3/24/2008

l Pennsylvania counties, noted that while his agency and other non-profits like it earmark a certain portion of their revenues to cover the cost of serving families without the ability to pay, his agency lost some $170,000 last year providing services to Medicaid patients. He said this "subsidy to the Commonwealth" hindered SUN's ability to provide services to other needy patients.

Survey question and demographic breakouts attached

Survey question:

Q17. Governor Rendell supports increased usage of home healthcare as a desirable alternative to extended hospitalization or nursing homes. Currently, the Medical Assistance program reimburses providers of this care at the rate of $77 per visit, while the true costs of these visits have risen to $120 per visit in recent years. Providers of this care have asked the state to increase this reimbursement to $100 per visit, for a total price tag of less than $10 million dollars out of the total $6.7 billion dollars spent on medical assistance this year. Do you support or oppose increasing the Medical Assistance reimbursement to providers of home health care from $77 to $100? (TEST INTENSITY)

1. Strongly support 359 51% Total Support: 75%

2. Somewhat support 165 24% Total Oppose: 18%

3. Strongly oppose 75 11%

4. Somewhat oppose 51 07%

5. Undecided 50 07%

Regional break-outs

Q. Do you support or oppose increasing the Medical Assistance reimbursement to providers of home health care services from $77 to $100?

NW SW NE SE

PA PA Allegheny Central SCentral PA PA Phila

Strongly support 60% 44% 48% 48% 44% 58% 58% 50%

Somewhat support 12% 24% 20% 27% 29% 14% 22% 34%

Strongly oppose 32% 11% 16% 12% 10% 13% 8% 12%

Somewhat oppose 9%
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