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Hawaii residents receiving gov't assistance have second-lowest disability rate

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:07 a.m. HST, Feb 26, 2013

About one-fourth of Hawaii residents receiving income-based government assistance had one or more types of disability in 2011, according to a Census Bureau brief released today.

The brief was aimed at better understanding the population of Americans who receive income-based assistance, which includes everything from food stamps, to cash payments to Medicaid.

Nationally, 30 percent of recipients of government assistance had a disability, according to the report.

Arizona had the lowest disability rate among its population of residents who received income-based assistance, at 25.1 percent (Hawaii came in a hair above Arizona, with 25.2 percent). The highest percentage — 41.7 percent — was found in West Virginia.

Twenty-two states had disability rates above the national average.

Among Hawaii residents who received income-based government assistance and had one or more disabilities, 13 percent had a cognitive difficulty, 15 percent had trouble walking or climbing stairs and 14 percent could not live independently.

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Maipono wrote:
So this article implies that the state is so liberal with their government assistance that you don't necessarily have to be disabled in order to get benefits? From my perspective, it is very easy to get benefits, I'm surprised that we don't have the lowest rates.
on February 26,2013 | 10:31AM
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