WomanonWheels Blog Follower

September 20, 2011

Disturbing Poverty Stats

People with physical/mental challenges are one of the highest percentage groups in poverty.  According to the US Census in 2010, 28% ages 18-64 reached poverty levels.  Average wages for men with physical/mental challenges earned $41,500 while women earned just under $32,000.  A person is considered poverty level if they earn less than $11,139.

75% of people with physical/mental challenges earn less than $20,000 yearly.  25% have full time jobs.  Less than one fifth obtain college degrees.  Less than half have personal health insurance.

So what’s the reason for disparaging numbers?  Most people who are physically/mentally challenged are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  SSI and SSDI don’t amount to much, however Medicaid is essential for people who are physically/mentally challenged.

13% of people with physical/mental challenges are employed full times ages 18-64.  Since it’s hard for adults with physical/mental challenges to locate full time employment, they obtain the poverty lifestyle to have health care. 46% of adults with physical/mental challenges are on Medicaid or Medicare.

No comments:

Post a Comment