• Description

Using nationally representative survey data, we assessed the prevalence of delayed and unmet needs for medical equipment, supplies, and other vital services and supports among nonelderly adults with disabilities and members of their households. We also examined the types of equipment and supplies households had difficulty obtaining and the reasons for delayed or unmet needs.

People with disabilities face persistent inequities in access to high-quality, affordable health care. These inequities include challenges obtaining consistent access to medical equipment and supplies and other health services and supports that are critical for their health and well-being and ability to live independently in their communities. Though people with disabilities of all ages are affected by these gaps in the health care system, nationally representative data on the experiences of adults under age 65 are limited.

Our analysis draws on June 2022 data from the Urban Institute's Health Reform Monitoring Survey (HRMS), a nationally representative survey of adults ages 18 to 64 living in households. Survey questions on delayed and unmet needs were developed in collaboration with members of a community advisory board who have lived experience with disabilities and who serve as advocates for people with disabilities.