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Facts and Figures

  • In 2006, disability-associated health care expenditures accounted for 26.7% of all health care expenditures for adults residing in the United States and totaled $397.8 billion, with state expenditures ranging from $598 million in Wyoming to $40.1 billion in New York.1
  • According to the 2010 US Census, 3.3 million people 15 and older use a wheelchair. Another 10 million use a walking aid, such as a cane, crutches or walker.2
  • The 2012 American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the US Census Bureau indicates 10.4 million Americans ages 5 to 65+ have ambulatory disabilities.3
  • The 2013 ACS data lists 14.3 million people between the ages of 5 to 75 with disabilities are below the poverty line.4
  • "About half of wheelchair users must use steps to enter or exit their homes. ...A majority of the population using mobility devices is elderly, but there is a substantial minority who are of working-age. Members of this group are very unlikely to have jobs and, partly as a consequence, are substantially more likely than the remainder of the population to live in poverty. At all ages, income levels for mobility device users tend to be low, as do levels of educational attainment."5

SAWs Growth

These numbers are only increasing as is the healthcare costs to individual states. And they will continue to do so for some time due to medical advances extending life, increasing incidence of diabetes and subsequent amputations, aging Baby Boomers and veterans returning with significant physical injuries. And the rates of disability increase with age. By 2030, estimates suggest that the number of people aged 65 years and older will rise to 69.4 million from 34.7 million in 2000.6 Baby Boomers are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day!7

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1 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2789815/
2 https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb10-ff13.html
3 http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_1YR_S1810&prodType=table
4 http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_1YR_B18130&prodType=table
5 http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/statistics/mobility-stats.php
6 http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2009/Sept302009#exesum
7 http://www.pewresearch.org/daily-number/baby-boomers-retire/

 

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