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American Women Report Economic Stress, Worry about How They Will Afford Future Health Costs and Retirement

National survey of women ages 25+ finds strong bipartisan support for improving Medicare to cover home care and treatment for chronic diseases

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Key takeaways

  • Half of women say they feel “uncertain” or “worried” when they think about how prepared they are for health costs later in life, and low-income and rural women report challenges to staying healthy today.
  • Compared to 2023, fewer women consider themselves financially secure, and they are not confident about how to plan and save for retirement, with the cost of housing and cuts to Medicare and Social Security being top concerns.
  • Of 12 federal policies tested, the most important for women are providing government assistance for low-income adults, improving Medicare and Medicaid to cover home care, and expanding Medicare to cover the full range of treatments for chronic diseases.

ARLINGTON, Va., April 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — A national survey of women ages 25+, commissioned by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), finds that American women continue to face significant economic stress, and they are concerned about how to pay for health care and other daily expenses in retirement. Across demographic and party lines, women express strong bipartisan support for federal policy solutions that could help.

For the second year in a row, What Women Say: Insights and Policy Solutions for Lifelong Security asked women about their financial situation today and how they feel about their future. This year’s survey also included a new set of questions about women’s health. The online poll—conducted by the bipartisan team of Public Opinion Strategies and Lake Research Partners—also explored women’s support for 12 potential policy solutions.