Outcomes of Applications for Disability Beneficiaries

Table 58.
Outcomes at all adjudicative levels, by year of application, 1992–2005
Medical decisions

Year

Total

Pending
final
decision

Denials
Technical
denials a

Medical

Allowances

Subsequent
nonmedical d

Awards

Subsequent
denials e

Award
rate b
(percent)

708,290
762,442
835,920
888,988
895,883
802,501
613,873

1,858
1,939
1,934
2,100
2,081
1,682
2,020

56.1
56.0
55.4
52.2
47.5
39.3
35.1

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

1,265,055
1,364,396
1,513,536
1,716,221
1,942,433
2,252,229
2,044,971

2,491
3,787
5,783
14,207
57,222
209,319
295,700

104,344
136,106
170,513
230,953
373,965
615,924
528,636

444,004
456,284
495,793
575,886
608,730
616,901
597,286

4,068
3,838
3,593
4,087
4,552
5,902
7,456
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

1995
1996
1997
1998

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

0
0
0
0

123,711
116,988
106,881
96,737

542,097
537,482
449,841
422,096

5,048
5,011
4,213
4,213

628,380
652,221
601,886
613,010

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

48.3
49.6
51.7
53.9

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

1,167,664
1,265,214
1,414,598
1,609,612
1,831,314
2,138,679
1,938,525

2,400
3,662
5,644
13,884
56,336
206,834
291,953

102,320
134,000
168,225
228,346
370,999
611,911
524,797

417,574
430,477
470,044
546,393
576,258
581,625
562,612

4,020
3,803
3,550
4,030
4,493
5,849
7,366

639,564
691,400
765,256
814,910
821,218
730,832
549,848

1,786
1,872
1,879
2,049
2,010
1,628
1,949

54.9
54.8
54.3
51.1
46.3
37.8
33.4

29,108
29,653
30,101
30,533
29,794
28,251
24,669

37
29
19
19
44
25
26

72.8
74.3
74.9
74.2
72.6
69.9
67.3

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

40,055
39,996
40,238
41,325
41,473
41,774
38,679

52
67
73
167
458
1,341
2,033

1,173
1,258
1,344
1,537
1,643
2,068
1,882

9,668
8,978
8,688
9,050
9,509
10,066
10,040

17
11
13
19
25
23
29

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

57,336
59,186
58,700
65,284
69,646
71,776
67,767

39
58
66
156
428
1,144
1,714

851
848
944
1,070
1,323
1,945
1,957

16,762
16,829
17,061
20,443
22,963
25,210
24,634

31
24
30
38
34
30
61

39,618
41,389
40,563
43,545
44,871
43,418
39,356

35
38
36
32
27
29
45

69.1
70.0
69.2
66.9
64.8
61.5
59.6

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2006. Data for the hearing level or above are current through
August 2006.
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. Rate determined by dividing awards by all applications minus pending claims for that year.
c. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
d. Applications were denied for nonmedical reasons after a decision was made that the applicant did not meet the medical severity criteria for
disability benefits.
e. Applications were denied for nonmedical reasons after a decision was made that the applicant met the medical severity criteria for disability
benefits.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or di.asr@ssa.gov.

File available from:
U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy
Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2006
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2006/

Disability Beneficiaries

Allowance
rate c
(percent)

61.4
62.5
62.7
60.7
59.5
56.4
50.5

58.8
56.2
53.9
53.6
54.8
57.2
59.2
60.4
61.6
61.9
59.8
58.7
55.6
49.3

75.1
76.8
77.6
77.1
75.9
73.8
71.1

70.3
71.1
70.4
68.1
66.2
63.3
61.5

above are current through

e over time. Cases can be

ntal Security Income (SSI);

medical severity criteria for

severity criteria for disability

Outcomes of Applications for Disability Beneficiaries
Table 59.
Medical decisions at the initial adjudicative level, by year of application and program, 1992–2005
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

48.3
49.5
51.1
48.6
47.7
47.8
47.8

510,809
540,015
600,042
689,959
763,016
832,007
779,506

146,323
161,615
180,234
190,672
201,813
213,897
197,608

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

1,160,658
1,228,209
1,342,902
1,485,009
1,567,846
1,633,620
1,512,777

459,999
501,946
560,106
576,919
585,868
597,008
548,246

39.6
40.9
41.7
38.8
37.4
36.5
36.2

649,849
688,194
742,860
795,050
804,830
801,613
733,271

313,676
340,331
379,872
386,247
384,055
383,111
350,638
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

1995
1996
1997
1998

1,177,761
1,196,830
1,057,799
1,041,364

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

31.2
32.1
33.8
36.0

569,963
593,992
551,896
550,775

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

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

1,065,294
1,131,135
1,246,256
1,381,018
1,459,704
1,524,126
1,410,230

397,335
436,605
494,907
508,659
516,756
528,976
485,810

37.3
38.6
39.7
36.8
35.4
34.7
34.4

578,751
615,373
670,564
718,564
728,038
728,511
665,723

259,910
284,388
324,189
327,949
325,430
326,783
299,190

44.9
46.2
48.3
45.6
44.7
44.9
44.9

486,543
515,762
575,692
662,454
731,666
795,615
744,507

137,425
152,217
170,718
180,710
191,326
202,193
186,620

71.9
73.6
74.2
73.4
73.3
74.6
74.2

9,280
8,858
8,610
8,718
9,455
10,836
10,061

3,642
3,784
3,784
3,773
3,780
4,273
3,861

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

38,882
38,737
38,894
39,785
39,827
39,696
36,785

24,933
25,781
26,242
26,588
26,054
25,798
23,685

64.1
66.6
67.5
66.8
65.4
65.0
64.4

29,602
29,879
30,284
31,067
30,372
28,860
26,724

21,291
21,997
22,458
22,815
22,274
21,525
19,824

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

56,482
58,337
57,752
64,206
68,315
69,798
65,762

37,731
39,560
38,957
41,672
43,058
42,234
38,751

66.8
67.8
67.5
64.9
63.0
60.5
58.9

41,496
42,942
42,012
45,419
46,420
44,242
40,824

32,475
33,946
33,225
35,483
36,351
34,803
31,624

78.3
79.1
79.1
78.1
78.3
78.7
77.5

14,986
15,395
15,740
18,787
21,895
25,556
24,938

5,256
5,614
5,732
6,189
6,707
7,431
7,127

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data are current through June 2006.
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.

File available from:
U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy
Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2006
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2006/

Disability Beneficiaries

1992–2005

isions on applications
h Social Security and SSI
Allowance
rate a,b
(percent)

28.6
29.9
30.0
27.6
26.4
25.7
25.4

30.4
26.9
23.8
23.7
24.3
25.5
27.6
28.2
29.5
29.7
27.3
26.1
25.4
25.1

39.2
42.7
43.9
43.3
40.0
39.4
38.4

medical reasons.

35.1
36.5
36.4
32.9
30.6
29.1
28.6

Outcomes of Applications for Disability Beneficiaries
Table 60.
Medical decisions at the reconsideration level, by year of application and program, 1992–2005
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

16.5
15.4
14.7
13.1
12.3
12.0
10.5

187,827
193,083
212,880
252,458
284,148
300,645
225,281

26,419
25,357
25,827
27,601
28,746
27,688
17,309

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

398,185
408,526
435,157
502,584
542,435
547,366
407,315

61,143
58,590
58,417
60,482
60,471
57,278
36,446

15.4
14.3
13.4
12.0
11.1
10.5
8.9

210,358
215,443
222,277
250,126
258,287
246,721
182,034

34,724
33,233
32,590
32,881
31,725
29,590
19,137
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

1995
1996
1997
1998

458,036
464,582
403,212
384,978

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

13.2
14.1
14.9
16.0

218,950
226,333
206,135
199,273

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

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

385,409
397,031
423,981
490,141
529,278
534,437
398,183

57,808
55,762
55,822
57,961
57,885
55,241
35,250

15.0
14.0
13.2
11.8
10.9
10.3
8.9

203,696
209,146
216,179
243,562
252,179
241,326
178,207

33,192
31,946
31,420
31,809
30,711
28,772
18,612

16.3
15.3
14.5
13.1
12.2
11.9
10.4

181,713
187,885
207,802
246,579
277,099
293,111
219,976

24,616
23,816
24,402
26,152
27,174
26,469
16,638

22.3
19.1
19.2
16.6
17.2
15.8
13.5

3,000
2,499
2,333
2,401
2,827
2,969
2,111

1,066
836
858
768
783
618
293

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

7,109
6,353
6,192
6,415
6,661
6,230
4,466

1,983
1,574
1,599
1,435
1,443
1,133
612

27.9
24.8
25.8
22.4
21.7
18.2
13.7

4,109
3,854
3,859
4,014
3,834
3,261
2,355

917
738
741
667
660
515
319

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

5,667
5,142
4,984
6,028
6,496
6,699
4,666

1,352
1,254
996
1,086
1,143
904
584

23.9
24.4
20.0
18.0
17.6
13.5
12.5

2,553
2,443
2,239
2,550
2,274
2,134
1,472

615
549
429
405
354
303
206

24.1
22.5
19.2
15.9
15.6
14.2
14.0

3,114
2,699
2,745
3,478
4,222
4,565
3,194

737
705
567
681
789
601
378

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data are current through June 2006.
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.

File available from:
U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Policy
Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2006
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2006/

Disability Beneficiaries

92–2005

isions on applications
h Social Security and SSI
Allowance
rate a,b
(percent)

14.1
13.1
12.1
10.9
10.1
9.2
7.7

12.4
11.8
11.9
12.1
13.4
13.5
14.9
13.5
12.7
11.7
10.6
9.8
9.0
7.6

35.5
33.5
36.8
32.0
27.7
20.8
13.9

nmedical reasons.

rectly to the hearing level

23.7
26.1
20.7
19.6
18.7
13.2
11.8

Outcomes of Applications for Disability Beneficiaries
Table 61.
Medical decisions at the hearing level or above, by year of application and program, 1992–2005
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

78.3
77.8
78.2
79.0
81.1
84.2
89.4

118,344
130,171
145,289
170,580
169,308
95,750
16,066

76,990
84,021
93,292
109,393
111,661
66,090
12,203

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

261,346
284,133
306,406
353,183
341,932
195,317
37,326

189,006
203,844
219,331
253,687
251,625
149,897
31,201

72.3
71.7
71.6
71.8
73.6
76.7
83.6

143,002
153,962
161,117
182,603
172,624
99,567
21,260

112,016
119,823
126,039
144,294
139,964
83,807
18,998
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

1995
1996
1997
1998

301,917
306,245
267,275
251,467

202,739
204,704
185,887
178,935

67.2
66.8
69.5
71.2

150,882
157,790
141,008
134,864

113,781
116,292
107,367
104,678

75.4
73.7
76.1
77.6

151,035
148,455
126,267
116,603

88,958
88,412
78,520
74,257

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

257,301
279,860
302,156
348,368
337,564
192,969
36,777

186,207
200,904
216,406
250,339
248,587
148,243
30,737

72.4
71.8
71.6
71.9
73.6
76.8
83.6

139,930
150,720
157,867
178,958
169,635
98,050
20,842

109,831
117,529
123,739
141,657
137,765
82,655
18,633

78.5
78.0
78.4
79.2
81.2
84.3
89.4

117,371
129,140
144,289
169,410
167,929
94,919
15,935

76,376
83,375
92,667
108,682
110,822
65,588
12,104

77.2
77.7
78.5
79.7
80.9
82.7
91.5

668
693
611
677
846
516
102

485
506
459
500
629
394
85

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

2,926
3,038
2,929
3,222
2,962
1,666
444

2,229
2,327
2,279
2,529
2,341
1,345
398

76.2
76.6
77.8
78.5
79.0
80.7
89.6

2,258
2,345
2,318
2,545
2,116
1,150
342

1,744
1,821
1,820
2,029
1,712
951
313

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

1,119
1,235
1,321
1,593
1,406
682
105

570
613
646
819
697
309
66

50.9
49.6
48.9
51.4
49.6
45.3
62.9

814
897
932
1,100
873
367
76

441
473
480
608
487
201
52

54.2
52.7
51.5
55.3
55.8
54.8
68.4

305
338
389
493
533
315
29

129
140
166
211
210
108
14

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data are current through August 2006.
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.
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Disability Beneficiaries

992–2005

isions on applications
h Social Security and SSI
Allowance
rate a,b
(percent)

65.1
64.5
64.2
64.1
66.0
69.0
76.0

66.5
63.1
60.6
58.9
59.6
62.2
63.7
65.1
64.6
64.2
64.2
66.0
69.1
76.0

72.6
73.0
75.1
73.9
74.3
76.4
83.3

nmedical reasons.

rectly to the hearing level

42.3
41.4
42.7
42.8
39.4
34.3
48.3

Outcomes of Applications for Disability Beneficiaries
Table 62.
Percentage distribution of final medical allowances, by year of application and reason for allowance,
1992–2005
Total
Year

Number

Percent

Meets level of
severity of listings

Equals level of
severity of listings

Medical and vocational
factors considered

All disabled beneficiaries
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

708,290
762,442
835,920
888,988
895,883
802,501
613,873

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

33.0
31.3
30.1
28.8
28.1
31.4
37.5

5.9
6.2
6.1
5.4
5.3
5.9
6.5

27.0
29.4
30.2
30.4
32.2
37.5
43.6

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

1995
1996
1997
1998

628,380
652,221
601,886
613,010

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

34.5
34.2
35.0
35.5

6.7
7.0
7.5
6.6

26.8
27.4
26.4
27.0

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

639,564
691,400
765,256
814,910
821,218
730,832
549,848

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

33.6
31.9
30.7
29.3
28.6
32.2
39.0

6.3
6.6
6.4
5.7
5.5
6.2
6.9

28.3
30.8
31.6
31.8
33.8
39.6
46.7

2.5
2.5
2.6
2.1
2.2
2.1
1.9

24.6
26.3
27.0
26.6
26.4
28.2
28.8

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

29,108
29,653
30,101
30,533
29,794
28,251
24,669

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

14.9
12.8
12.3
11.5
10.9
10.9
11.4

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

39,618
41,389
40,563
43,545
44,871
43,418
39,356

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

35.9
35.0
33.0
31.8
31.1
32.1
32.9

3.2
3.1
3.0
2.9
2.7
2.9
2.9

7.4
7.3
8.0
7.6
8.2
9.1
9.2

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2006. Data for the hearing level or above are current through
August 2006.
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.
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or Disability Beneficiaries

on for allowance,

Other a

34.1
33.1
33.5
35.4
34.4
25.1
12.5

30.3
33.4
32.9
31.9
31.5
31.0
30.9
31.8
30.8
31.3
33.2
32.1
22.0
7.4

58.0
58.4
58.1
59.8
60.5
58.8
57.9

53.5
54.7
56.0
57.7
58.0
55.9
55.0

or above are current through

nge over time.

nonmedical reasons.

mental Security Income (SSI);

determination is not available.
e the hearing level.

Outcomes of Applications for Disability Beneficiaries
Table 63.
Percentage distribution of final medical denials, by year of application and reason for denial, 1992–2005
Total
Year

Number

Percent

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

448,072
460,122
499,386
579,973
613,282
622,803
604,742

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

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

All disabled beneficiaries
10.3
10.1
9.2
8.5
7.6
7.1
6.9

17.8
17.2
16.7
17.1
17.7
18.4
18.2

28.3
28.3
28.1
28.2
28.1
27.3
27.1

30.8
30.4
31.1
31.3
31.4
30.6
31.1

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

1995
1996
1997
1998

547,145
542,493
454,054
426,309

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

10.6
10.2
10.6
10.8

20.8
19.6
18.5
18.3

25.4
24.7
25.7
27.8

29.4
30.6
30.5
30.9

1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

421,594
434,280
473,594
550,423
580,751
587,474
569,978

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

10.6
10.4
9.6
8.8
7.9
7.4
7.2

17.4
16.7
16.3
16.8
17.4
18.1
18.0

29.3
29.3
29.0
29.2
29.1
28.3
28.2

30.1
29.8
30.5
30.6
30.6
29.8
30.2

31.8
31.4
31.1
32.4
32.7
32.2
32.8

22.7
22.3
22.9
23.7
23.3
24.0
24.3

Widow(er)s
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

9,685
8,989
8,701
9,069
9,534
10,089
10,069

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

5.6
5.3
4.6
4.7
4.2
3.6
3.8

29.1
29.0
27.6
26.2
26.5
25.8
24.7

Adult children
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005

16,793
16,853
17,091
20,481
22,997
25,240
24,695

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

3.1
2.9
2.5
2.3
2.0
2.0
2.0

22.7
22.9
21.3
21.6
21.8
21.7
21.0

0.7
0.7
0.9
0.8
0.7
0.5
0.4

53.3
51.9
52.9
53.6
53.5
52.6
52.9

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2006. Data for the hearing level or above are current through
August 2006.
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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Disability Beneficiaries

denial, 1992–2005

Other a

12.8
14.0
14.8
14.8
15.2
16.6
16.7

8.4
9.5
13.6
13.8
14.8
14.6
12.2
12.5
13.7
14.6
14.6
14.9
16.4
16.4

10.8
12.0
13.6
13.0
13.4
14.3
14.4

20.2
21.7
22.3
21.7
22.0
23.1
23.8

above are current through
over time.

medical reasons.

ntal Security Income (SSI);

failed to cooperate, failed to
efore disability could be
available.