Notes

The tables in this section provide data on the outcomes of applications for disability benefits. The data on applications are
derived from the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Disability Research File maintained by the Office of Disability Programs. Each year this file is updated with information about applications for disability benefits that is then used to determine the
outcome of those applications. The outcome data in these tables are reported by year of filing and include decisions made
through the administrative appeals process.
Table 53 shows the total number of applications filed in a year, the number denied for nonmedical reasons before a medical
decision is made (technical denials), the number that are pending a final decision, the outcome of applications for which a medical allowance or denial was made, and award and allowance rates. Applications for which a medical allowance or denial decision was made but which were subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons are shown under the medical decision header as
subsequent denials. The most common nonmedical reason for denying a claim is insufficient number of recent work credits.
The allowance rate is calculated by dividing the number of medical allowances (including subsequent technical denials) by
the total number of medical decisions made for a 1-year cohort. The award rate is a broader program measure that is calculated
as the number of allowances minus subsequent denials divided by total applications (minus pending claims) filed for a given
year.
Claims that remain pending after 6 years are probably the result of imperfect data rather than excessive delays in the
decisionmaking process. It is highly probable that decisions have been rendered on most of the older claims. For more recent
years, the award and allowance rates will change as decisions are made on pending claims.
Tables 54–56 show the allowance rate for Social Security only and the Social Security portion of concurrent applications
(which are claims for both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits). Each table shows a different
level in the administrative decisionmaking process, that is, initial adjudicative, reconsideration, and hearing or higher level.
Beginning with 2000, the proportion of claims awarded at each level of the process changed as a result of the Prototype
Process being tested in 10 states. Under this test, the reconsideration step of the appeals process was eliminated for applications filed October 1, 1999, or later. Elimination of the reconsideration level in these states results in a decrease in the aggregate
proportion of claims awarded at this step.
The next section includes one table that shows the reason for medical allowance and one that shows the reason for medical
denial (Tables 57 and 58). The reasons are derived from the sequential evaluation process used by decisionmakers. SSA maintains a list of impairments that are considered disabling under its regulations. An applicant can be found to be disabled if he or
she

has a listed impairment,

has a severe impairment that is equal to a listed impairment,

has a severe impairment when medical and vocational factors are considered, or

had previously established entitlement to a disability benefit.
An applicant can be denied benefits if he or she

has an impairment that is not expected to last 12 months,

has an impairment that is not considered severe,

is able to perform his or her usual type of work,

is able to perform another type of work, or

has an impairment resulting from drug addiction or alcoholism, provides insufficient medical evidence, fails to cooperate,
fails to follow prescribed treatment, does not want to continue development of the claim, or returns to substantial work
before disability can be established.

Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Chart 10.
Final outcome of disabled-worker applications, 1994–2003
The final award rate for disabled-worker applicants has varied over time, averaging more than 49 percent for claims
filed from 1994 through 2003. The percentage of applicants awarded benefits at the initial claims level averaged
31 percent over the same period and ranged from a high of about 35 percent to a low of 28 percent. The percentage of applicants awarded at the reconsideration and hearing levels are relatively constant, averaging 4 percent
and 14 percent, respectively. Denied disability claims have averaged about 48 percent.
Percent
100

Technical denials

80
Medical denials
60

Pending final decision
40
Hearings and Appeals Council awards
Reconsideration awards
20
Initial awards
0
1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

SOURCE: Tables 53–58.
NOTES: Awards are calculated as medical allowances minus subsequent technical denials. Technical denials include both nonmedical decision
technical denials and medical decisions that were subsequently denied for technical reasons.
The proportion of claims awarded at each level of the process is likely to change as a result of the Prototype Process being tested in 10 states.
Under this test, the reconsideration step of the appeals process was eliminated for applications filed October 1, 1999, or later. Elimination of the
reconsideration level in these states is likely to result in a decrease in the overall proportion of claims awarded at this step.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 53.
Outcomes at all adjudicative levels, by year of application, 1992–2003
Medical decisions

Year

Total

Pending
final
decision

Denials
Technical
denials a

Allowances

Subsequent
Medical nonmedical b

Awards

Subsequent
denials c

Award
rate d
(percent)

Allowance
rate e
(percent)

707,169
759,440
823,786
800,338
651,002

1,858
1,940
1,934
2,134
2,264

56.1
56.1
55.5
50.8
40.6

61.4
62.6
63.0
59.8
53.3

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

1,265,055
1,364,396
1,513,536
1,706,759
1,903,272

4,786
10,251
30,426
132,080
300,410

104,330
136,072
170,380
230,895
374,430

442,841
452,851
483,392
537,073
570,274

4,071
3,842
3,618
4,239
4,892

Workers
1992
1993
1994

1,310,004
1,384,501
1,383,092

0
0
0

130,885
140,314
130,240

481,439
540,906
573,158

5,725
5,626
5,506

689,111
695,007
671,791

2,844
2,648
2,397

52.6
50.2
48.6

58.8
56.2
53.9

1995
1996
1997
1998

1,301,472
1,313,818
1,164,680
1,138,101

0
0
4,621
3,210

123,712
116,990
106,822
96,677

542,183
537,721
445,664
419,503

5,049
5,012
4,216
4,214

628,292
651,979
601,498
612,452

2,236
2,116
1,859
2,045

48.3
49.6
51.9
54.0

53.6
54.7
57.4
59.3

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

1,167,664
1,265,214
1,414,598
1,602,789
1,802,488

4,675
10,074
29,973
130,257
296,376

102,306
133,967
168,094
228,297
371,475

416,422
427,066
457,809
507,742
538,366

4,023
3,807
3,575
4,180
4,835

638,452
688,427
753,268
730,230
589,254

1,786
1,873
1,879
2,083
2,182

54.9
54.8
54.4
49.6
39.1

60.5
61.7
62.2
59.0
52.2

29,099
29,633
30,011
28,902
24,691

37
29
19
19
49

72.8
74.3
75.0
73.1
68.1

75.1
76.8
77.7
76.1
71.6

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

40,055
39,996
40,238
40,580
38,536

69
99
240
1,036
2,302

1,173
1,257
1,344
1,535
1,647

9,660
8,967
8,611
9,068
9,818

17
11
13
20
29

(Continued)

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 53.
Outcomes at all adjudicative levels, by year of application, 1992–2003—Continued
Medical decisions

Year

Total

Pending
final
decision

Denials
Technical
denials a

Allowances

Subsequent
Medical nonmedical b

Awards

Subsequent
denials c

Award
rate d
(percent)

Allowance
rate e
(percent)

39,618
41,380
40,507
41,206
37,057

35
38
36
32
33

69.1
70.0
69.3
65.8
61.2

70.3
71.1
70.5
67.0
62.7

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

57,336
59,186
58,700
63,390
62,248

42
78
213
787
1,732

851
848
942
1,063
1,308

16,759
16,818
16,972
20,263
22,090

31
24
30
39
28

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2004. Data for the hearing level or above are current
through August 2004.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the award and allowance rates will change over time. Cases
can be pending at the initial or appellate levels and can include either medical or technical issues.
Data include decisions for Social Security–only applications and applications for both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income
(SSI); they do not include SSI-only applications.
Data from 1992 to 1998 are available for disabled workers only.
a. Applications were denied for nonmedical reasons; therefore no decision was made on severity of impairment.
b. Applications were denied for nonmedical reasons after a decision was made that the applicant did not meet the medical severity
criteria for disability benefits.
c. Applications were denied for nonmedical reasons after a decision was made that the applicant met the medical severity criteria for
disability benefits.
d. Rate determined by dividing awards by all applications minus pending claims for that year.
e. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or di.asr@ssa.gov.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 54.
Medical decisions at the initial adjudicative level, by year of application and program, 1992–2003
Decisions on applications
for Social Security only

All decisions

Year

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total

Allowances

Decisions on applications
for both Social Security and SSI

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total Allowances

Allowance
rate a,b
(percent)

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

1,160,649
1,228,182
1,342,817
1,474,682
1,525,515

459,999
501,946
560,106
570,428
561,375

39.6
40.9
41.7
38.7
36.8

649,840
688,167
742,775
786,584
775,685

313,676
340,331
379,872
380,849
364,875

48.3
49.5
51.1
48.4
47.0

510,809
540,015
600,042
688,098
749,830

146,323
161,615
180,234
189,579
196,500

28.6
29.9
30.0
27.6
26.2

Workers
1992
1993
1994

1,179,119
1,244,187
1,252,852

436,715
421,560
390,785

37.0
33.9
31.2

558,741
571,464
591,408

248,385
240,839
233,059

44.5
42.1
39.4

620,378
672,723
661,444

188,330
180,721
157,726

30.4
26.9
23.8

1995
1996
1997
1998

1,177,760
1,196,828
1,057,794
1,041,362

367,293
384,167
357,880
374,376

31.2
32.1
33.8
36.0

569,962
593,990
551,891
550,773

223,457
237,474
228,793
238,989

39.2
40.0
41.5
43.4

607,798
602,838
505,903
490,589

143,836
146,693
129,087
135,387

23.7
24.3
25.5
27.6

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

1,065,286
1,131,108
1,246,173
1,373,343
1,427,746

397,335
436,605
494,907
504,712
501,570

37.3
38.6
39.7
36.8
35.1

578,743
615,346
670,481
712,627
708,132

259,910
284,388
324,189
324,909
314,903

44.9
46.2
48.4
45.6
44.5

486,543
515,762
575,692
660,716
719,614

137,425
152,217
170,718
179,803
186,667

28.2
29.5
29.7
27.2
25.9

28.1
26.4
25.8
26.9
28.1

9,280
8,858
8,610
8,687
9,184

3,642
3,784
3,784
3,696
3,530

39.2
42.7
43.9
42.5
38.4

78.3
79.1
79.1
77.4
75.4

14,986
15,395
15,740
18,695
21,032

5,256
5,614
5,732
6,080
6,303

35.1
36.5
36.4
32.5
30.0

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

38,881
38,737
38,894
39,039
36,878

24,933
25,781
26,242
25,886
23,449

64.1
66.6
67.5
66.3
63.6

29,601
29,879
30,284
30,356
27,702

8,310
7,882
7,826
8,164
7,779

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

56,482
58,337
57,750
62,300
60,891

37,731
39,560
38,957
39,830
36,356

66.8
67.8
67.5
63.9
59.7

41,496
42,942
42,010
43,605
39,859

32,475
33,946
33,225
33,750
30,053

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data are current through June 2004.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the allowance rate will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or be subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
Data from 1992 to 1998 are available for disabled workers only.
SSI = Supplemental Security Income.
a. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
b. Rate for the Social Security portion only.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or di.asr@ssa.gov.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 55.
Medical decisions at the reconsideration level, by year of application and program, 1992–2003
Decisions on applications
for Social Security only

All decisions

Year

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total

Allowances

Decisions on applications
for both Social Security and SSI

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total Allowances

Allowance
rate a,b
(percent)

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

398,176
408,499
435,072
495,402
454,458

61,143
58,590
58,417
59,551
45,945

15.4
14.3
13.4
12.0
10.1

210,349
215,416
222,192
245,647
218,012

34,724
33,233
32,590
32,742
25,115

16.5
15.4
14.7
13.3
11.5

187,827
193,083
212,880
249,755
236,446

26,419
25,357
25,827
26,809
20,830

14.1
13.1
12.1
10.7
8.8

Workers
1992
1993
1994

419,798
469,151
489,731

53,881
58,275
62,757

12.8
12.4
12.8

190,594
206,606
226,013

25,352
27,306
31,468

13.3
13.2
13.9

229,204
262,545
263,718

28,529
30,969
31,289

12.4
11.8
11.9

1995
1996
1997
1998

458,035
464,580
403,207
384,976

60,584
65,466
59,978
61,742

13.2
14.1
14.9
16.0

218,949
226,331
206,130
199,271

31,563
33,596
33,373
34,043

14.4
14.8
16.2
17.1

239,086
238,249
197,077
185,705

29,021
31,870
26,605
27,699

12.1
13.4
13.5
14.9

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

385,401
397,004
423,898
483,286
444,380

57,808
55,762
55,822
57,351
44,534

15.0
14.0
13.2
11.9
10.0

203,688
209,119
216,096
239,310
213,302

33,192
31,946
31,420
31,746
24,460

16.3
15.3
14.5
13.3
11.5

181,713
187,885
207,802
243,976
231,078

24,616
23,816
24,402
25,605
20,074

13.5
12.7
11.7
10.5
8.7

22.3
19.1
19.2
15.8
14.1

3,000
2,499
2,333
2,365
2,237

1,066
836
858
637
350

35.5
33.5
36.8
26.9
15.6

24.1
22.5
19.2
15.6
13.6

3,114
2,699
2,745
3,414
3,131

737
705
567
567
406

23.7
26.1
20.7
16.6
13.0

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

7,108
6,353
6,192
6,248
5,219

1,983
1,574
1,599
1,250
770

27.9
24.8
25.8
20.0
14.8

4,108
3,854
3,859
3,883
2,982

917
738
741
613
420

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

5,667
5,142
4,982
5,868
4,859

1,352
1,254
996
950
641

23.9
24.4
20.0
16.2
13.2

2,553
2,443
2,237
2,454
1,728

615
549
429
383
235

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data are current through June 2004.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the allowance rate will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or be subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
A revised process was introduced on October 1, 1999, in 10 states, under which initial denials could be appealed directly to the hearing
level without a reconsideration.
Data from 1992 to 1998 are available for disabled workers only.
SSI = Supplemental Security Income.
a. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
b. Rate for the Social Security portion only.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or di.asr@ssa.gov.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 56.
Medical decisions at the hearing level or above, by year of application and program, 1992–2003
Decisions on applications
for Social Security only

All decisions

Year

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total

Allowances

Decisions on applications
for both Social Security and SSI

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total Allowances

Allowance
rate a,b
(percent)

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

259,057
277,685
281,835
228,652
58,130

187,885
200,843
207,197
172,493
45,946

72.5
72.3
73.5
75.4
79.0

141,940
151,007
150,307
123,185
33,836

111,443
118,345
120,145
100,985
28,878

78.5
78.4
79.9
82.0
85.3

117,117
126,678
131,528
105,467
24,294

76,442
82,498
87,052
71,508
17,068

65.3
65.1
66.2
67.8
70.3

Workers
1992
1993
1994

275,863
310,655
323,607

201,359
217,816
220,645

73.0
70.1
68.2

131,624
143,997
156,458

105,371
112,593
119,338

80.1
78.2
76.3

144,239
166,658
167,149

95,988
105,223
101,307

66.5
63.1
60.6

1995
1996
1997
1998

301,916
306,243
262,704
248,298

202,651
204,462
185,499
178,379

67.1
66.8
70.6
71.8

150,881
157,788
139,052
133,420

113,746
116,190
107,191
104,389

75.4
73.6
77.1
78.2

151,035
148,455
123,652
114,878

88,905
88,272
78,308
73,990

58.9
59.5
63.3
64.4

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

255,032
273,463
277,899
225,526
57,348

185,095
197,932
204,418
170,250
45,332

72.6
72.4
73.6
75.5
79.0

138,883
147,801
147,270
120,747
33,234

109,266
116,072
117,944
99,181
28,400

78.7
78.5
80.1
82.1
85.5

116,149
125,662
130,629
104,779
24,114

75,829
81,860
86,474
71,069
16,932

65.3
65.1
66.2
67.8
70.2

77.4
77.8
80.0
81.5
85.3

665
686
567
429
133

484
502
433
328
114

72.8
73.2
76.4
76.5
85.7

54.2
52.9
52.9
53.4
56.8

303
330
332
259
47

129
136
145
111
22

42.6
41.2
43.7
42.9
46.8

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

2,909
3,007
2,762
2,217
610

2,220
2,307
2,189
1,785
521

76.3
76.7
79.3
80.5
85.4

2,244
2,321
2,195
1,788
477

1,736
1,805
1,756
1,457
407

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

1,116
1,215
1,174
909
172

570
604
590
458
93

51.1
49.7
50.3
50.4
54.1

813
885
842
650
125

441
468
445
347
71

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data are current through August 2004.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the allowance rate will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or be subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
A revised process was introduced on October 1, 1999, in 10 states, under which initial denials could be appealed directly to the hearing
level without a reconsideration.
Data from 1992 to 1998 are available for disabled workers only.
SSI = Supplemental Security Income.
a. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
b. Rate for the Social Security portion only.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or di.asr@ssa.gov.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 57.
Percentage distribution of final medical allowances, by year of application and reason for allowance,
1992–2003
Total
Year

Number

Percent

Meets level of
severity of listings

Equals level of
severity of listings

Medical and vocational
factors considered

Other

a

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

707,169
759,440
823,786
800,338
651,002

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

33.1
31.4
30.6
31.8
37.4

5.9
6.2
6.2
6.0
6.9

27.0
29.5
30.7
33.7
42.1

34.0
32.9
32.5
28.5
13.6

Workers
1992
1993
1994

689,111
695,007
671,791

100.0
100.0
100.0

34.3
34.3
34.5

11.1
8.7
6.9

24.3
23.6
25.6

30.3
33.4
32.9

1995
1996
1997
1998

628,292
651,979
601,498
612,452

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

34.5
34.2
35.0
35.5

6.7
7.0
7.6
6.6

26.8
27.4
26.4
27.0

31.9
31.4
31.0
30.9

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

638,452
688,427
753,268
730,230
589,254

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

33.7
32.0
31.2
32.5
38.5

6.3
6.6
6.5
6.3
7.4

28.4
30.9
32.1
35.3
44.7

31.7
30.5
30.2
25.9
9.4

2.5
2.5
2.6
2.2
2.5

24.6
26.3
27.1
28.0
30.1

58.0
58.3
57.9
57.8
54.8

3.2
3.1
3.0
3.0
3.1

7.4
7.3
8.0
8.0
9.1

53.5
54.7
55.9
55.8
52.0

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

29,099
29,633
30,011
28,902
24,691

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

14.9
12.8
12.3
12.1
12.5

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

39,618
41,380
40,507
41,206
37,057

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

35.9
35.0
33.0
33.2
35.8

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2004. Data for the hearing level or above are current
through August 2004.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the numbers and percentages will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or be subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
Data include decisions for Social Security–only applications and applications for both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income
(SSI); they do not include SSI-only claims.
Data from 1992 to 1998 are available for disabled workers only.
a. Includes applications for which the disability was previously established and those for which the basis for the determination is not
available. The majority of applications for which the basis of determination is not available are cases allowed at or above the hearing
level.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or di.asr@ssa.gov.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 58.
Percentage distribution of final medical denials, by year of application and reason for denial, 1992–2003

Total
Year

Number

Percent

Impairment did not or
is not expected to
last 12 months

Impairment
is not severe

Able to do
usual past work

Able to do
other type of work

Other

a

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

446,912
456,693
487,010
541,312
575,166

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

10.3
10.1
9.4
8.8
8.0

17.8
17.2
16.8
17.2
17.0

28.3
28.2
27.9
27.9
28.4

30.8
30.4
30.8
30.6
31.1

12.8
14.1
15.1
15.5
15.5

Workers
1992
1993
1994

487,164
546,532
578,664

100.0
100.0
100.0

10.7
10.4
10.2

22.9
22.7
21.5

28.4
27.6
25.9

29.6
29.8
28.8

8.4
9.5
13.6

1995
1996
1997
1998

547,232
542,733
449,880
423,717

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

10.6
10.2
10.7
10.8

20.8
19.6
18.6
18.3

25.4
24.7
25.8
27.8

29.4
30.6
30.6
30.8

13.8
14.8
14.2
12.3

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

420,445
430,873
461,384
511,922
543,201

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

10.7
10.5
9.7
9.1
8.3

17.4
16.7
16.4
16.8
16.7

29.3
29.3
28.9
28.9
29.4

30.1
29.7
30.2
29.8
30.4

12.6
13.8
14.9
15.3
15.3

31.8
31.4
31.1
32.4
33.4

22.7
22.4
22.8
24.0
24.2

10.8
12.1
13.7
13.0
13.0

0.7
0.7
0.9
0.8
0.7

53.3
51.9
52.8
53.6
53.6

20.2
21.7
22.4
21.8
22.0

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

9,677
8,978
8,624
9,088
9,847

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

5.6
5.3
4.7
4.8
4.6

29.1
29.0
27.6
25.7
24.7

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003

16,790
16,842
17,002
20,302
22,118

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

3.1
2.9
2.6
2.3
2.2

22.7
22.9
21.3
21.4
21.5

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2004. Data for the hearing level or above are current
through August 2004.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the numbers and percentages will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or be subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
Data include decisions for Social Security–only applications and applications for both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income
(SSI); they do not include SSI-only claims.
Data from 1992 to 1998 are available for disabled workers only.
a. Applicant has an impairment resulting from drug addiction or alcoholism, provided insufficient medical evidence, failed to cooperate,
failed to follow prescribed treatment, did not want to continue development of the claim, or returned to substantial work before disability
could be established. Also includes cases denied at or above the hearing level for which the basis of determination is not available.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or di.asr@ssa.gov.

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