Disability Approval Map: How Does Your Own State Compare?

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How hard is it to get approved for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits in your state? What if you’re applying on a disabled child’s behalf instead of yourself? We looked at the Social Security Administration’s disability approval rates for every U.S. state in the past 12 months. 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 or SSI 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. There’s also another reason why the SSI disability approval rates are so high for kids. SSI can help cover certain expenses for children born with developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome or spina bifida. Since those kids will need dedicated medical care for life, SSI can help struggling parents cover those costs.

In the past 12 months, SSI disability approval rates for children were highest in these states:

  1. Alaska – 78%
  2. Oregon – 77%
  3. North Dakota – 74%
  4. Colorado, New Hampshire, Idaho, Utah – 73%
  5. South Dakota, Vermont – 70%

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

  1. Mississippi – 31%
  2. Georgia, South Carolina – 40%
  3. Delaware – 42%
  4. Alabama – 43%
  5. Louisiana – 45%
  6. Indiana, North Carolina – 46%
  7. Arkansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania – 47%

States With the Best & Worst Disability Approval Rates for Adults

If you’re aged 18-64 and health issues force you to stop working for at least 12 months, you can apply for SSI, SSD or both. We looked at applications for each benefit program as well as concurrent claims screened for both in the last 12 months.

Once averaged across both programs as well as concurrent applications, these states have the highest adult disability approval rates overall:

  1. Kansas, New Hampshire – 60%
  2. Alaska – 54%
  3. Wyoming – 53%
  4. Nebraska – 51%
  5. North Dakota – 50%

As you can see, you have a greater than 50/50 shot at winning SSD or SSI benefits in these six states!

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

  1. Mississippi – 26%
  2. Oklahoma – 31%
  3. Alabama, Kentucky – 33%
  4. Arizona, North Carolina – 34%

The SSA approved no more than 1 in 3 disability claims from working-age Americans in these states over the past 12 months.

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 August 2020 in our interactive infographic below:

You May Qualify for Legal Assistance

Live in a state where the government denies benefits to more than half of all disability applicants? Having a Social Security lawyer file your claim doubles your chances for winning benefits right away. In fact, most people who apply with legal assistance through our website receive $1,000 in lump-sum backpay as well as monthly benefits. Those who apply on their own without legal assistance typically wait just over two years for their first disability payment. In addition, most do not receive the maximum backpay amount they’re entitled to based on their work record.

Every disability attorney in our network offers free, no-obligation phone consultations to those who qualify for legal assistance. We’ll match you with the closest attorney available to answer your claim questions for free within one business day. This way, you can get confidential legal advice over the phone without ever leaving your house. It’s the fastest and easiest way to get professional help filing your application! If the SSA doesn’t award you benefits, then you owe your lawyer $0 for legal assistance. And if you do win, you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.

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