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.
Disturbing numbers: http://www.abilitymaine.org/news/bowe.html
Written By: Kathleen (Katy) WomanonWheels Completed At: 2:26 PM