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Report Shows Massive Number Of Disabled In Kentucky

Posted On October 12, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Frankfort, Ky.) – More than 11 percent of people in Kentucky are disabled.

The state’s Disability Determination Service on Wednesday released a report that shows Kentucky’s disabled population exploded between 1980 and 2015.

The report says while the state’s population grew by about 20 percent, the number of people in Kentucky who are declared disabled skyrocketed by almost 250 percent.

“The explosive growth of benefit dependence over the past 35 years has been fueled by a multitude of factors which are completely unrelated to the mitigation or treatment of hardship borne of genuine disability,” said Bryan Hubbard, Acting Commissioner of the Department for Income Support, which oversees DDS. “Armed with the grim statistical reality of the past 35 years, we can seek better outcomes over the next 35 as we work to fix a broken system that must be preserved for individuals who can neither care nor provide for themselves.”

Kentucky has the second highest percentage of people collecting a disability check in the entire country, and has since 2002.