Disability Approval Map: How Does Your Own State Compare?

disability approval rates by state

How hard is it to get approved for Social Security disability benefits in your state? What if you’re applying on a disabled child’s behalf instead of yourself? We looked into the Social Security Administration’s disability approval rates for every U.S. state for 2018. In addition, we reviewed disability approval rates for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Below, we’ll list the states where you’re most and least likely to win SSD benefits.



States With the Highest and Lowest SSI Disability Approval Rates for Children

Mothers with preemie babies or kids born with certain health issues often qualify for SSI benefits. These monthly payments help them cover things like high-calorie formula, in-home nursing care or other special needs. And with many older Americans raising their grandchildren at home, these SSI benefits are crucial for making ends meet.

In 2018, SSI disability approval rates for children were highest in these states:

  1. Alaska – 79.4%
  2. Oregon – 75%
  3. Idaho – 71%
  4. Colorado, New Hampshire, North Dakota – 70%
  5. Utah, Vermont, Wyoming – 69%

These states had the fewest SSI approvals for disabled children seeking benefits:

  1. Mississippi – 31%
  2. Alabama – 35%
  3. South Carolina – 36%
  4. Georgia – 37%
  5. Indiana – 39%

States With the Best & Worst Disability Approval Rates for Adults

If you’re aged 18-64 and become too disabled to work anymore, you can apply for SSI, SSDI or both. We looked at applications for each individual program as well as concurrent applications screened for both benefit programs in 2018.

Once averaged, these states have the highest adult disability approval rates overall:

  1. Wyoming – 53%
  2. New Hampshire – 50%
  3. District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) – 47.6%
  4. Alaska – 47%
  5. Connecticut, Kansas, North Dakota – 45%

States with the lowest disability approval rates for adult applicants (once averaged) include:

  1. Mississippi – 26%
  2. Arizona, Kentucky – 28%
  3. Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia – 29%
  4. Indiana, North Carolina – 30%
  5. Alabama – 31%

Infographic: Interactive Map of Disability Approval Rates for All U.S. States

If your state isn’t listed among the best or worst states for disability applicants shown above, now what? We’ve mapped out the stats for every U.S. state as of December 2018 in our interactive infographic below:

You May Qualify for Legal Assistance

Live in a state where less than 1 in 3 claims get approved for disability benefits? We strongly recommend talking to a Social Security lawyer before you apply. That’s because having an attorney file your claim doubles your chances for approval on your very first try. Right now, the average wait to get your first benefits check is as much as two years after you apply. Legal assistance makes it easier to file an error-free application the first time and get approved in as little as six months!

Plus, all disability lawyers work on contingency. That means you’ll pay nothing for legal assistance with your claim today. In fact, unless the SSA approves you for disability benefits, the lawyer cannot charge you any legal fees. And if your case does win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee. It’s federal law!

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