Disability Application Approval Rates for All 50 U.S. States

by fihguide   ·  10 months ago  

How hard is it to get approved for monthly disability benefits from the federal government? In fact, the real answer is, “it depends.” Knowing what specific program you apply for can make a huge difference. In addition, disability application approval rates for children are often much higher than those for adults. Another factor most people don’t take into consideration? The state where they currently live when they apply for benefits. While the Social Security Administration administers both federal disability programs, your state plays a role in the application approval process. Below, we list average approval rates in all 50 states for both federal disability programs in 2018.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Application Approval Rates By State

The table below shows average SSI application approval rates in every state broken down into the following categories:

  • SSI application approval rates for children as well as adults
  • Overall SSI application approval rate by state, shown as a percentage of total claims filed
State Adult SSI Application Approval Rates Child SSI Application Approval Rates Avg. SSI Application Approval Rate
AL 31% 35% 33%
AK 55% 79.4% 57.2%
AZ 34% 52% 43%
AK 34.6% 43% 39%
CA 39% 54.5% 46.75%
CO 46% 70% 58%
CT 35.4% 45% 40%
DE 38% 40% 39%
FL 39% 47% 43%
GA 35% 37% 36%
HI 40% 56.6% 48%
ID 71% 48% 59.5%
IL 38% 46% 42%
IN 31% 39% 35%
IA 42.7% 54.4% 49%
KS 53% 60% 56.5%
KY 32.4% 46% 39%
LA 42% 44% 43%
ME 39% 57% 48%
MD 34% 55.5% 45%
MA 46% 58% 52%
MI 39% 47% 43%
MN 44% 63% 53.5%
MS 26% 31% 28.5%
MO 38% 52% 45%
MT 43% 63% 53%
NE 49% 59% 54%
NV 37% 48.5% 43%
NH 57% 70% 63.5%
NJ 40% 48.5% 44%
NM 39% 54% 46.5%
NY 41% 55% 48%
NC 33.5% 43% 38%
ND 57% 70% 63.5%
OH 36% 42% 39%
OK 34% 47% 40.5%
OR 50% 75% 62.5%
PA 39% 46% 42.5%
RI 39% 49.5% 44%
SC 33% 36% 34.5%
SD 43% 63.4% 53%
TN 33% 45% 39%
TX 39% 75% 57%
UT 51% 69% 60%
VT 50% 69% 59.5%
VA 45% 48% 46.5%
WA 42% 60% 51%
WV 31% 47% 45.5%
WI 42% 56% 49%
WY 59% 69% 64%

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Application Approval Rates By State         

Then, find your state’s SSDI application approval rates for adult claimants in 2018 below:

  • Alabama – 38%
  • Alaska – 49%
  • Arkansas – 39.2%
  • Arizona – 34%
  • California – 37%
  • Colorado – 43%
  • Connecticut – 45%
  • Delaware – 48%
  • Florida – 36%
  • Georgia – 37.4%
  • Hawaii – 37.4%
  • Idaho – 45%
  • Illinois – 42%
  • Indiana – 37%
  • Iowa – 46.4%
  • Kansas – 51%
  • Kentucky – 34%
  • Louisiana – 50%
  • Maine – 41%
  • Maryland – 43%
  • Massachusetts – 48%
  • Michigan – 46%
  • Minnesota – 45%
  • Mississippi – 32%
  • Missouri – 45%
  • Montana – 41%
  • Nebraska – 49%
  • Nevada – 37%
  • New Hampshire – 56%
  • New Jersey – 45%
  • New Mexico – 36%
  • New York – 45%
  • North Carolina – 34%
  • Ohio – 44%
  • Oklahoma – 32%
  • Oregon – 43%
  • Pennsylvania – 49%
  • Rhode Island – 48%
  • South Carolina – 39%
  • South Dakota – 43%
  • Tennessee – 33%
  • Texas – 33%
  • Utah – 39%
  • Vermont – 50%
  • Virginia – 47%
  • Washington – 44.4%
  • West Virginia – 37%
  • Wisconsin – 44%
  • Wyoming – 58%

Concurrent Claim & Combined Adult Application Approval Rates By State               

We averaged the overall adult disability application approval rates for each U.S. state below. This includes all individual disability application approval rates as well as what the SSA calls “concurrent claims.” Concurrent application approval rates indicate when the SSA screens a single claim for both SSI and SSDI programs at once.

State Combined Avg. Application Approval Rate (All Programs) Avg. Application Approval Rate, Concurrent Claims Only
Alabama 31.5% 23.6%
Alaska 48% 36%
Arizona 29% 19%
Arkansas 33.5% 24%
California 35% 23%
Colorado 41% 27.4%
Connecticut 35.4% 22%
Delaware 39.5% 27%
Florida 35% 25%
Georgia 33.6% 26%
Hawaii 34.6% 22%
Idaho 42% 27%
Illinois 37% 26%
Indiana 31% 22%
Iowa 39% 23.7%
Kansas 47.4% 32%
Kentucky 30% 19%
Louisiana 42.5% 35%
Maine 36% 22%
Maryland 33% 22%
Massachusetts 42% 25%
Michigan 39% 26.5%
Minnesota 39% 22%
Mississippi 26% 20%
Missouri 37% 25%
Montana 37% 24%
Nebraska 44% 31%
Nevada 34% 25%
New Hampshire 51.6% 38%
New Jersey 39% 25%
New Mexico 34% 25%
New York 39% 25%
North Carolina 31% 22%
North Dakota 46% 29%
Ohio 36% 25.5%
Oklahoma 29.5% 20.5%
Oregon 40% 23%
Pennsylvania 40% 28%
Rhode Island 39% 24%
South Carolina 33.5% 27%
South Dakota 37% 23%
Tennessee 30% 21.4%
Texas 33.3% 24%
Utah 40% 26%
Vermont 45% 31.4%
Virginia 43% 33%
Washington 38% 24%
West Virginia 31% 20%
Wisconsin 38% 23%
Wyoming 54.5% 41%

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