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People with Disabilities

Have You Heard? Facts From The Field  is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to provide CDC and the field with facts and news from state, tribal, local and territorial public health agencies. We invite you to read and share this information broadly.

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May 12, 2014

November 3, 2011

  • States spend approximately $400 billion per year on health care costs associated with disability, ranging from $598 million in Wyoming to $40.1 billion in New York.
  • The Illinois Disability and Health Program partnered with three medical schools to develop a new curriculum that trained over 1,500 students on improving communication with and access for patients with disabilities.
  • The Kansas Disability and Health Program influenced state policy changes for establishing and operating emergency medical shelters to better support people with disabilities.