West Virginia Disabilities


West Virginia stands as one of the states in the US that has greatly benefited from the federal government’s disability programs to enhance quality of life. However, the state has lagged behind the national average of most economic indexes, such as capital income and labor force participation rates, since most of these indexes are used as criteria for grant allocations. Though it is one of the oldest states in the US, it still benefits from the federal government programs that assist the elderly, particularly in the social security and Medicare services. This current paper, will describe various West Virginia disabilities.

West Virginia receives diminutive money from the defense department, thus it does not benefit as other states that receive adequate funding do. Federal expenditures in West Virginia, accounts for approximately 30 percent of the state's entire gross state product. Thus, the rampart causes of disabilities are attributed to lack of adequate funds.

West Virginia is one of the states with the highest percentage of residents with a sedentary lifestyle. Almost one-quarter of the West Virginia state government’s total revenue is supported by the federal government intergovernmental grants. Hence, the federal government’s role in shaping the state’s political agenda has had significant influence on health and well fare programs. Despite all that the government has been focused on two key public health issues. That is, funding for health care for low-income residents, mostly through Medicare and children’s health insurance program, and creating a health care delivery system for the state’s most rural areas.

Despite the Southern West Virginia’s substantial increase in migration and its decline in the working age population in the 1980s, the rate of unemployment is still high. As a result, there has been an increase in an unemployment rate from 8.9 to 11.3 percent, which was consistent with the migration rate. Southern West Virginia experienced an increase of non-institutional working age population between 1980 and 1990 rendering a proposition of individuals with a work disability to rise from 15 to 18 percent.

Conclusively, the US Supreme Court, dejectedly, has been curtailing the efforts of the Congress on behalf of individuals with disabilities for more than two decades. With the underlying theme throughout these cases being that the Supreme Court does not believe that persons with disabilities merit the same legal rights as other minority groups. The decisions by the Supreme Court have evidenced an outright intent to limit disability rights laws as much as possible.