Extend Health Q2 2011 Medicare Confidence Survey: Even As Congressional Debates On Spending Point To Cuts, 57% of Seniors

SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A survey of 385 seniors 65 and older covered by Medicare showed that 57%1 of respondents remain confident that Medicare will be there for the rest of their lives. This level of confidence has remained steady since Extend Health began conducting Medicare Confidence surveys in December 20092. Moreover, it has been unaffected by the most recent Congressional debates over the national debt ceiling and spending that indicate cuts to Medicare almost certainly will be part of any long-term budget agreement.

The current survey was fielded from July 22-27, 2011 by Extend Health, Inc., which operates the nation’s largest private Medicare exchange. Extend Health surveys seniors 65 and older about their confidence in Medicare every quarter and publishes an annual Medicare Confidence Pulse Report.

The questions and detailed results from the most recent and the past two surveys are as follows:

How confident are you that Medicare will be available for the rest of your life?

    July 2011     April 2011     December 2010
Very confident 15.0 % 16.7 % 18.7 %
Somewhat confident 41.7 % 42.9 % 39.9 %
Unsure 29.9 % 29.7 % 31.4 %
Not confident 13.4 % 10.8 % 10.0 %

How confident are you that Medicare will be available for the rest of your children's lives?

    July 2011     April 2011     December 2010
Very confident 0.5 % 1.8 % 4.0 %
Somewhat confident 12.9 % 14.0 % 14.4 %
Unsure 42.9 % 41.0 % 35.5 %
Not confident 43.7 % 43.2 % 46.1 %

1 For top line reporting purposes, Extend Health, Inc. rounds percentages up or down as appropriate.

2 Detailed previous survey results are available in the Extend Health Medicare Confidence Report for 2010, available as a PDF download at https://www.extendhealth.com/.

Extend Health has helped more than 350,000 seniors compare and choose the private Medicare plans that best meets their needs and budgets. Extend Health is the only place seniors can compare more than 3,500 plans from 73 carriers side by side and find a plan that best meets their needs. Licensed benefit advisors are available to help seniors evaluate their Medicare coverage and explore new options quickly and easily.

About Extend Health:

Extend Health, Inc., founded in 2004, operates the largest private Medicare exchange in the country. For more information, visit Extend Health on the web at http://www.extendhealth.com.


For Extend Health, Inc.
Rob Wyse, 212-920-1470
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