Current Results for 2011 Legislative Priorities

1. Welcome to the AARP Montana 2011 Legislative Priorities Survey. Please fill in the information below.

Total Number of Responses

445

2. Which issue areas interest you? (Select any that apply.)

Total Number of Responses 445

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

Health care

 

381

 

85.6

Affordable energy

 

302

 

67.9

Affordable prescription drugs

 

283

 

63.6

Taxation

 

277

 

62.2

Financial protection

 

247

 

55.5

Long term care

 

211

 

47.4

Home and community senior services

 

182

 

40.9

Election laws

 

175

 

39.3

Other

 

78

 

17.5

User Provided No Response

 

3

 

0.7

  

3. Briefly, tell us what other issues interest you.

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Zoning and the environment
 

 

 

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User Provided No Response
 

 

 

volinters to help one another.
 

 

 


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4. The new health care reform law passed by Congress provides many opportunities for Montana to change its health care system. Should advocating for consumers on health care reform be a high, moderate, or low priority for AARP Montana?

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

High priority

 

328

 

73.7

Moderate priority

 

66

 

14.8

Low priority

 

44

 

9.9

User Provided No Response

 

7

 

1.6

  

5. The new health care law gives Montana an opportunity to expand long term care services provided to people in their homes and communities as an alternative to nursing home care. Should advocating for home and community services for seniors be a high, moderate or low priority for AARP Montana?

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

High priority

 

328

 

73.7

Moderate priority

 

79

 

17.8

Low priority

 

32

 

7.2

User Provided No Response

 

6

 

1.3

  

6. Montana is one of 4 states that does not require background checks of health care workers providing care in private homes, nursing home facilities, hospitals, and other places. There are $3 million in federal funds available to establish a background check system in Montana. Should establishing a background check system for direct care workers be a high, moderate or low priority for AARP and the legislature?

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

High priority

 

318

 

71.5

Moderate priority

 

93

 

20.9

Low priority

 

31

 

7.0

User Provided No Response

 

3

 

0.7

  

7. In an effort to strengthen financial protection for consumers, Montana could improve its laws concerning Financial Power of Attorney. Should improving our Financial Power of Attorney laws be a high, moderate or low priority for AARP Montana?

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

Moderate priority

 

240

 

53.9

High priority

 

130

 

29.2

Low priority

 

67

 

15.1

User Provided No Response

 

8

 

1.8

  

8. The Montana legislature is likely to face a large shortfall in revenue when trying to balance the next state budget. This could dramatically affect public services and structures. The legislature could make significant cuts in senior services, education, health care, and public infrastructure. Or the legislature could take a balanced approach by finding new revenue to fund public structures and services that strengthen our communities. What should AARP Montana advocate for?

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

AARP should advocate for a balanced approach of some cuts and finding new revenue to maintain some services.

 

283

 

63.6

AARP should focus just on protecting senior services from cuts.

 

94

 

21.1

AARP should advocate for cuts to services to balance our budget.

 

33

 

7.4

I'm not sure.

 

26

 

5.8

User Provided No Response

 

9

 

2.0

  

9. In 2007 the Montana legislature created the Older Montanans Trust Fund to create or expand services that help Montanans age 60 and older live an independent lifestyle in their homes and communities. Because of the tight revenue situation, the legislature faces a decision to use all or part of the $8.8 million dollars for other purposes or to fund current senior services. What should AARP Montana advocate?

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

AARP should advocate to preserve the Older Montanans Trust Fund for its original purpose.

 

229

 

51.5

AARP should advocate that any money taken out of the trust fund be used to fund current senior services that might otherwise be cut.

 

161

 

36.2

I'm not sure.

 

37

 

8.3

AARP should advocate that the legislature eliminate the Older Montanans Trust Fund and put the money in the state's general fund.

 

13

 

2.9

User Provided No Response

 

5

 

1.1

  

10. Which of the following would be of interest to you? (You can select more than one.) I would like to:

Total Number of Responses 445

Value

 

Count

 

Percent

I am not interested at this time

 

180

 

40.4

Call or email my elected officials on an issue I care about

 

151

 

33.9

Receive more updates on AARP's activities

 

144

 

32.4

Go to a meeting with an elected official

 

55

 

12.4

Write a letter to the editor of my local newspaper

 

48

 

10.8

Attend a rally, hearing or public event

 

43

 

9.7

Tell my friends about an issue via email

 

40

 

9.0

Volunteer in person to help with AARP's advocacy at the state Capitol

 

29

 

6.5

Speak to small groups about an issue I care about

 

24

 

5.4

User Provided No Response

 

18

 

4.0

Share a personal story about an issue I care about

 

18

 

4.0