There are numerous women in West Virginia who are concerned that they could become disabled and worried about what that would do to their finances. Though many of the women who do become disabled and can no longer work are eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits, many still report that a disabling injury would be "somewhat devastating" to their households.
Though there appears to be a greater concern among women about the effects disability could have on them, disabling injuries or medical conditions can happen to anyone in West Virginia. For those individuals who have worked long enough and paid enough in taxes to the federal disability benefit funds are entitled to Social Security disability insurance benefits. After two years of receiving benefits, West Virginians would also be eligible for Medicare.