How much will retirees’ votes affect this election season?

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Read: 10 ways retirement is changing in theU.S.

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Maybe plenty, according to a new poll from Bring the Vote Home—a“nationwide initiative that is surveying seniors on a wide range ofissues while empowering them to engage fully in America’s electoralprocess.”

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Read: Is this the beginning of the end of SocialSecurity?

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U.S. voters over age 65, according to the poll, are“overwhelmingly dissatisfied with the direction in which thecountry is headed, citing issues affecting seniors as the mostimportant factor heading into the 2016 elections.”

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Seniors are feeling dissed by candidates to begin with, with 71percent of respondents saying they don’t think those candidates arepaying enough attention to seniors’ issues.

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More than a third—35 percent—said those issues would be at thetop of their minds when they vote for the next President andmembers of Congress; that’s more important to them than nationalsecurity (just 27 percent cited that) and the economy (23 percent)when they go to the ballot boxes in November.

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While 90 percent of respondents had positive feelings about homehealth care services and were in favor of Medicare coverage forskilled clinical services provided under a physician's care tohomebound seniors and disabled Americans, that’s definitely not thecase for a proposed boost in home health care payments forseniors.

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More than half (58 percent) totally opposed proposed copaymentsof $100 for home health patients—which have been shown tojeopardize seniors’ access to care and increase spending by drivingpatients into more expensive care setting.

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In addition, 80 percent of seniors agree that lawmakers shouldsupport, not cut, cost-effective services like skilled homehealthcare.

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Further, more than half (59 percent) of voters said that theywould be more likely to support a presidential candidate whoopposes cuts to home health.

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Respondents also indicated approval for Medicare Advantage (MA)plans, which cover many types of services not paid for bytraditional Medicare.

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Ninety percent of those polled reported being “totallysatisfied” with their Medicare Advantage plan, while 85 percentwere “totally satisfied” with the plan’s coverage options. Benefits(85 percent), choice of providers (88 percent), care coordination(78 percent) and cost (75 percent) were all areas where seniorvoters felt satisfied with their MA current services.

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