In The Know: The Impact of Employment on the Health Status and Health Care Costs of Working-age People with Disabilities
In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD Center Resource Center.
Health care is costly, and expenditures for individuals with disabilities are over four times higher than for those without disabilities. Those with disabilities account for 27-37% of total health care expenditures. For the most part, these expenses are borne by the public sector, particularly Medicaid and Medicare.
How can these costs be lowered?
Perhaps by investing in the employment of workers with disabilities.
Overall, employment can improve an individual's health by increasing social capital, enhancing psychological well-being, providing income, and reducing the negative health impacts of economic hardship.
This policy brief analyzes the correlation between employment programs for workers with disabilities and the impact on public health care costs. Its findings conclude that employment has a protective impact on health and could help lower public expenditures on health care.
Read the brief: