Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Releases 2014 Disability Statistics Annual Report
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) collects statistics related to people with disabilities. The Center aims to help policymakers and service providers make informed decisions about policy improvements, programs, services, civil rights and major life activities. The Compendium includes data on population, prevalence, health, access to health coverage, employment, poverty, earnings, disabled veterans, health and insurance. Some of the data is disaggregated by type of disability. The data also covers programs under the Social Security Administration, Medicare and Medicaid, vocational rehabilitation and special education.
According to the new report, adults with disabilities living in the community are slightly more likely to have health insurance coverage than those without disabilities, but 16% still lack coverage. Public health insurance remains the largest source of coverage, covering 51.3% of people with disabilities. As of 2012, people with disabilities accounted for 17% of all beneficiaries covered by Medicare. In comparison, data from 2011 indicate that people with disabilities accounted for 14.3% of all beneficiaries covered by Medicaid. Additionally, in 2012, 319,144 individuals started or completed state vocational rehabilitation programs and 55% of those individuals successfully attained employment. These data indicate that, although state vocational rehabilitation programs are effective, only a small percentage of people receiving federal health benefits may receive these services in any given year.