Thursday, May 05, 2005

 

Ohioans strongly back Medicaid coverage

We are bewildered as to why his has received such little coverage among the Ohio media. Yesterday the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati released some of the results from polling they have undertaken in conjunction with the UC's Institute for Policy Research.

HFGC says it is going to be releasing its results over the next few weeks. The results published yesterday shows that Ohioans want to see Medicaid coverage maintained for key populations groups. The poll surveyed 846 adult Ohioans and has a MOE of 3.4 %:
. . . 74 percent of Ohioans don't want to reduce the number of those covered by Medicaid and 66 percent don't want to reduce the services provided by Medicaid.

[. . .]

Ohioans were clear that Medicaid was a necessity: Over 90 percent of Ohioans surveyed felt that it was very important for Ohio Medicaid to cover:

Elderly (86 percent)
Children (81 percent)
Disabled adults (77 percent)
Low-income working parents (71 percent)
Low-income pregnant women (65 percent)
HFGC also ask respondents how they would favor paying for Medicaid, 61% said they would like Ohio legislators to increase cigarette and alcohol taxes.

The group also asked about overall spending priorities:
When given the option on what budgetary items to reduce spending on, respondents were against spending less on:
  • State aid for public schools, 80 percent
  • Public security, 70 percent
  • Temporary cash assistance, 63 percent
  • State aid for higher education, 60 percent.
Respondents were in favor of spending less on:
  • State aid to cities and local governments, 57 percent
  • Highway programs, 54 percent


[UPDATE: Actually the HFGC release understates the strength of support for Medicaid. While the numbers above count those who think it is very important to provide coverage for the different groups. But, if the Very Important and Somewhat Important numbers are aggregated, the results for supporting coverage are phenomenal:
Elderly (98.2 percent)
Children (98.0 percent)
Disabled adults (97.2 percent)
Low-income working parents (96.9 percent)
Low-income pregnant women (93.0 percent)
Hello? Denny White?]

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