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People with Disabilities

Nearly 20% of the U.S. population has some type of disability—ranging from mild to severe. Many people with disabilities do not let their condition define them and can lead full, active lives working and living in their communities. However, they do face barriers to health and health care and have greater health disparities as compared with people without disabilities. People with disabilities are less likely to receive recommended preventive health care services, are at high risk for poor health outcomes, and experience challenges in engaging in health promotion activities, such as using fitness centers or being physical activity. Of those living with some type of disability in New York State, 39% are obese (compared with 23% with no disability); 17% have diabetes (compared with 7% with no disability); and 40% have experienced depression (compared with 11% with no disability). NYSHealth has supported a range of efforts to remove barriers and improve access to health care for people with disabilities.

Learn more about NYSHealth’s work in this area:

Adaptive Design Association
Integrating Adaptive Design Services into Managed Care

Independence Care System
Improving Access to Primary Care for People with Physical Disabilities: A Blueprint for Action

Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York
Improving Health Plans for People with Disabilities

Medicare Rights Center


New York Association on Independent Living
Guiding Implementation of the Community First Choice Option in New York

Center for Governmental Research
The Future of Public Nursing Homes in New York State

North East Community Council
Freedom Bus: Eastern Dutchess Medical Transportation

New York State Dental Foundation
Donated Dental Services

MDRC
Evaluation of New York’s Chronic Illness Demonstration Projects

Center for Health Care Strategies
Rethinking Care for New York’s High-Opportunity Patients

Young Adult Institute/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network
Telehealth: Improving Health Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

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