Disability & Health U.S. State Profile Data for Rhode Island (Adults 18+ years of age)

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Disability Impacts Rhode Island

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223,588 adults in Rhode Island have a disability. This is equal to 27 percent or 1 in 4 adults in Rhode Island.

Percentage of adults in Rhode Island with select functional disability types

Disability Types

Mobility: Serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs

Cognition: Serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

Independent living: Serious difficulty doing errands alone, such as visiting a doctor's office

Hearing: Deafness or serious difficulty hearing

Vision: Blind or serious difficulty seeing, even when wearing glasses

Self-care: Difficulty dressing or bathing

Adults with disabilities in Rhode Island experience health disparities and are more likely to...1

Disability Healthcare Costs in Rhode Island2

  • About $3.7 BILLION per year, or up to 38% of the state’s healthcare spending
  • About $20,174 per person with a disability
Disability healthcare costs: 38 percent of Rhode Island healthcare spending

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  1. Data Source: 2019 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
  2. Disability-associated healthcare expenditures are presented in 2017 dollars as reported by Khavjou, et al. State-level health care expenditures associated with disability. Public health rep.