35 Year Study Shows Significant Increase in Disability Enrollment in Kentucky

A report issued on Tuesday, October 10 shows an increase in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services and presented at the Kentucky Work Matters task force meeting in Frankfort. The study covers 35 years, from 1980 to 2015. During that time, Kentucky’s population grew by 21 percent while its combined disability enrollment grew by 249 percent. Childhood enrollment growth was an astounding 449 percent. In 2015, 11.2 percent of Kentuckians were receiving some form of disability benefit payment, the second highest percentage in the country. The Top 12 counties receiving benefits in 2015 were Wolfe, Owsley, Breathitt, Clay, Magoffin, Floyd, Lee, Leslie, Martin, Harlan, Perry and Bell. Bryan Hubbard, Acting Commisioner of the Department for Income Support, said this information will help to create better outcomes over the next 35 years to preserve the system for individuals who can neither care nor provide for themselves.

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