Notes

The tables in this section provide data on the outcomes of applications for SSI benefits based on blindness
or disability. The data on applications are derived from the Social Security Administration's (SSA's)
Disability Research File (DRF) maintained by the Office of Disability Programs. Each year the DRF 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 that are pending a final
decision, the number denied for nonmedical reasons before a medical decision is made (technical
denials), 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 that 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 excess income.
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 SSI only and the SSI portion of concurrent (a claim for both
Social Security and SSI disability benefits) applications, one for each level in the administrative
decisionmaking process, that is, initial, reconsideration, and hearing or higher level.
Beginning with fiscal year 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.
This section also includes one table that shows the reason for medical allowance and one that shows
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
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
Table 53.
Outcomes at all adjudicative levels, by age and year of application, 1992–2001
Medical decisions
Denials
Year

Total

Pending
final decision

Technical
denials a

Medical

Allowances

Subsequent
nonmedical d

Awards

Subsequent
denials e

Award rate b
(percent)

Allowance
rate c
(percent)

All ages f
1992
1993
1994

1,828,951
2,048,945
2,014,499

0
0
0

134,438
141,214
123,175

741,839
937,890
1,041,697

1,556
1,600
1,680

860,875
878,798
770,639

90,243
89,443
77,308

47.1
42.9
38.3

56.1
50.8
44.8

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

1,845,212
1,786,770
1,505,145
1,520,538
1,528,217

3,041
3,891
5,539
10,185
22,194

103,335
113,027
97,320
95,990
105,819

992,633
935,566
735,227
694,917
675,264

1,342
1,884
2,071
3,825
3,995

683,362
670,849
604,249
652,774
656,481

61,499
61,553
60,739
62,847
64,464

37.1
37.6
40.3
43.2
43.6

42.8
43.9
47.4
50.6
51.5

2000
2001

1,611,657
1,723,546

77,954
211,951

157,501
204,932

658,186
656,622

3,457
2,729

651,929
593,023

62,630
54,289

42.5
39.2

51.9
49.5

1992
1993
1994

376,812
500,676
530,538

0
0
0

16,695
18,788
16,897

148,221
240,672
311,156

103
135
147

204,083
232,340
194,636

7,710
8,741
7,702

54.2
46.4
36.7

58.8
50.0
39.4

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

491,638
457,057
334,975
338,592
345,067

244
294
333
696
1,776

14,364
13,532
10,906
10,904
11,898

306,082
291,029
195,487
182,076
181,155

92
86
69
74
68

163,868
144,612
121,349
137,477
142,356

6,988
7,504
6,831
7,365
7,814

33.3
31.7
36.3
40.7
41.5

35.8
34.3
39.6
44.3
45.3

2000
2001

355,401
370,789

7,803
21,754

15,895
18,909

174,763
167,041

59
52

149,204
155,363

7,677
7,670

42.9
44.5

47.3
49.4

1992
1993
1994

1,451,417
1,547,527
1,482,503

0
0
0

117,675
122,364
106,181

593,455
697,063
730,173

1,451
1,463
1,528

656,374
646,027
575,184

82,462
80,610
69,437

45.2
41.7
38.8

55.4
51.0
46.8

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

1,351,903
1,277,604
1,135,602
1,133,015
1,133,722

2,793
3,593
5,192
9,478
20,394

88,839
87,869
78,303
76,709
83,733

686,106
643,896
538,659
510,788
492,792

1,243
1,532
1,453
1,855
1,534

518,581
487,222
459,126
480,285
479,784

54,341
53,492
52,869
53,900
55,485

38.4
38.2
40.6
42.7
43.1

45.5
45.6
48.7
51.0
52.0

2000
2001

1,207,614
1,302,200

70,062
189,871

128,651
168,685

482,435
488,795

1,137
750

471,304
408,307

54,025
45,792

41.4
36.7

52.1
48.1

Under age 18

Aged 18–64

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research File, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2002. Data for the hearing level or above are current through July 2002.
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.
Includes decisions for SSI-only applications and applications for both Social Security and SSI. Does not include Social Security-only applications.
a. Applications denied for nonmedical reasons so 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 denied for nonmedical reasons after a decision was made that applicant did not meet the medical severity criteria for disability benefits.
e. Applications denied for nonmedical reasons after a decision was made that applicant met the medical severity criteria for disability benefits.
f.

Includes applicants aged 65 or older.

CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.asr@ssa.gov.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 54.
Medical decisions at the initial adjudicative level, by age, year of application, and program, 1992–2001
Decisions on applications
for SSI only

All decisions

Decisions on applications
for both Social Security and SSI

Year

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

1992
1993
1994

1,694,513
1,907,731
1,891,324

686,962
687,630
577,721

40.5
36.0
30.5

946,348
1,106,624
1,105,532

399,334
409,102
335,756

42.2
37.0
30.4

748,165
801,107
785,792

287,628
278,528
241,965

38.4
34.8
30.8

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

1,741,877
1,673,743
1,407,825
1,424,548
1,422,398

507,742
508,931
459,297
520,690
531,498

29.1
30.4
32.6
36.6
37.4

1,037,201
1,000,530
820,527
843,671
843,031

291,168
296,655
260,354
304,856
312,871

28.1
29.6
31.7
36.1
37.1

704,676
673,213
587,298
580,877
579,367

216,574
212,276
198,943
215,834
218,627

30.7
31.5
33.9
37.2
37.7

2000
2001

1,453,993
1,518,287

555,858
584,117

38.2
38.5

854,135
874,430

324,295
341,312

38.0
39.0

599,858
643,857

231,563
242,805

38.6
37.7

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

All ages b

Under age 18
1992
1993
1994

360,117
481,888
513,641

194,494
218,724
177,660

54.0
45.4
34.6

329,316
443,778
475,233

176,929
200,206
164,436

53.7
45.1
34.6

30,801
38,110
38,408

17,565
18,518
13,224

57.0
48.6
34.4

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

477,274
443,525
324,069
327,688
333,169

149,140
133,375
112,387
129,729
135,117

31.2
30.1
34.7
39.6
40.6

443,367
413,379
302,540
306,164
310,763

138,959
124,846
105,366
121,371
126,253

31.3
30.2
34.8
39.6
40.6

33,907
30,146
21,529
21,524
22,406

10,181
8,529
7,021
8,358
8,864

30.0
28.3
32.6
38.8
39.6

2000
2001

339,459
351,824

143,073
155,588

42.1
44.2

317,396
331,094

134,288
147,090

42.3
44.4

22,063
20,730

8,785
8,498

39.8
41.0

1992
1993
1994

1,333,742
1,425,163
1,376,322

492,046
468,477
399,267

36.9
32.9
29.0

616,523
662,298
629,051

222,077
208,554
170,618

36.0
31.5
27.1

717,219
762,865
747,271

269,969
259,923
228,649

37.6
34.1
30.6

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

1,263,064
1,189,735
1,057,299
1,056,306
1,049,989

357,732
338,209
324,213
356,592
362,246

28.3
28.4
30.7
33.8
34.5

592,390
555,158
498,637
506,024
502,870

151,417
142,505
139,003
157,861
162,036

25.6
25.7
27.9
31.2
32.2

670,674
634,577
558,662
550,282
547,119

206,315
195,704
185,210
198,731
200,210

30.8
30.8
33.2
36.1
36.6

2000
2001

1,078,850
1,133,247

381,507
399,150

35.4
35.2

511,213
520,658

168,588
175,066

33.0
33.6

567,637
612,589

212,919
224,084

37.5
36.6

Aged 18–64

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research File, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial level are current through June 2002.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the award and allowance rates will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
a. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
b. Includes applicants aged 65 or older.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.asr@ssa.gov.

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Table 55.
Medical decisions at the reconsideration level, by age, year of application, and program, 1992–2001
Decisions on applications
for SSI only

All decisions

Decisions on applications
for both Social Security and SSI

Year

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

1992
1993
1994

479,152
557,384
571,602

74,500
75,560
73,736

15.5
13.6
12.9

234,057
280,174
290,341

38,371
38,663
36,826

16.4
13.8
12.7

245,095
277,210
281,261

36,129
36,897
36,910

14.7
13.3
13.1

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

522,987
480,593
409,396
390,212
382,196

66,781
65,361
62,522
61,296
55,696

12.8
13.6
15.3
15.7
14.6

275,013
249,224
208,993
203,132
197,671

33,432
32,511
31,884
31,821
28,510

12.2
13.0
15.3
15.7
14.4

247,974
231,369
200,403
187,080
184,525

33,349
32,850
30,638
29,475
27,186

13.4
14.2
15.3
15.8
14.7

2000
2001

377,938
326,118

51,887
36,131

13.7
11.1

194,184
164,309

26,151
18,556

13.5
11.3

183,754
161,809

25,736
17,575

14.0
10.9

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

All ages b

Under age 18
1992
1993
1994

49,099
75,816
91,854

9,570
11,440
11,475

19.5
15.1
12.5

44,562
69,176
83,789

8,590
10,355
10,461

19.3
15.0
12.5

4,537
6,640
8,065

980
1,085
1,014

21.6
16.3
12.6

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

86,651
74,836
51,365
49,909
49,456

10,459
9,646
8,583
8,042
7,479

12.1
12.9
16.7
16.1
15.1

79,397
68,797
47,131
45,989
45,465

9,625
8,863
7,883
7,417
6,841

12.1
12.9
16.7
16.1
15.0

7,254
6,039
4,234
3,920
3,991

834
783
700
625
638

11.5
13.0
16.5
15.9
16.0

2000
2001

47,932
40,885

7,414
5,787

15.5
14.2

44,257
38,149

6,889
5,472

15.6
14.3

3,675
2,736

525
315

14.3
11.5

1992
1993
1994

429,944
481,434
479,439

64,891
64,075
62,152

15.1
13.3
13.0

189,409
210,882
206,253

29,744
28,268
26,260

15.7
13.4
12.7

240,535
270,552
273,186

35,147
35,807
35,892

14.6
13.2
13.1

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

435,988
403,309
355,514
337,411
330,830

56,206
54,203
52,614
51,789
47,312

12.9
13.4
14.8
15.3
14.3

195,281
178,404
159,694
154,436
150,460

23,695
22,458
22,954
23,054
20,871

12.1
12.6
14.4
14.9
13.9

240,707
224,905
195,820
182,975
180,370

32,511
31,745
29,660
28,735
26,441

13.5
14.1
15.1
15.7
14.7

2000
2001

328,468
283,961

43,743
29,725

13.3
10.5

148,561
125,092

18,651
12,624

12.6
10.1

179,907
158,869

25,092
17,101

13.9
10.8

Aged 18–64

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research File, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the reconsideration level are current through June 2002.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the award and allowance rates will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or 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.
a. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
b. Includes applicants aged 65 or older.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.asr@ssa.gov.

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Table 56.
Medical decisions at the hearing level or above, by age, year of application, and program, 1992–2001
Decisions on applications
for SSI only

All decisions

Decisions on applications
for both Social Security and SSI

Year

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

1992
1993
1994

280,751
327,269
333,324

189,656
205,051
196,490

67.6
62.7
58.9

128,789
153,125
156,581

79,307
85,140
80,483

61.6
55.6
51.4

151,962
174,144
176,743

110,349
119,911
116,007

72.6
68.9
65.6

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

297,915
268,077
233,179
214,543
209,254

170,338
158,110
143,169
133,635
133,751

57.2
59.0
61.4
62.3
63.9

144,200
126,932
109,580
102,619
99,853

70,238
63,932
58,869
56,228
55,705

48.7
50.4
53.7
54.8
55.8

153,715
141,145
123,599
111,924
109,401

100,100
94,178
84,300
77,407
78,046

65.1
66.7
68.2
69.2
71.3

2000
2001

169,321
42,293

106,814
27,064

63.1
64.0

80,935
20,747

43,812
11,110

54.1
53.5

88,386
21,546

63,002
15,954

71.3
74.0

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

Total

Allowances

Allowance
rate a
(percent)

All ages b

Under age 18
1992
1993
1994

19,988
31,658
38,751

7,729
10,917
13,203

38.7
34.5
34.1

17,979
28,625
34,869

6,890
9,780
11,843

38.3
34.2
34.0

2,009
3,033
3,882

839
1,137
1,360

41.8
37.5
35.0

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

35,612
27,811
19,216
18,208
19,123

11,257
9,095
7,210
7,071
7,574

31.6
32.7
37.5
38.8
39.6

32,214
25,322
17,415
16,569
17,371

10,109
8,240
6,510
6,390
6,830

31.4
32.5
37.4
38.6
39.3

3,398
2,489
1,801
1,639
1,752

1,148
855
700
681
744

33.8
34.4
38.9
41.5
42.5

2000
2001

16,563
3,984

6,394
1,658

38.6
41.6

15,186
3,723

5,845
1,537

38.5
41.3

1,377
261

549
121

39.9
46.4

1992
1993
1994

260,727
295,549
294,436

181,899
194,085
183,202

69.8
65.7
62.2

110,785
124,444
121,581

72,398
75,317
68,560

65.4
60.5
56.4

149,942
171,105
172,855

109,501
118,768
114,642

73.0
69.4
66.3

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

262,159
239,462
213,016
195,383
189,548

158,984
148,302
135,168
125,804
125,711

60.6
61.9
63.5
64.4
66.3

111,850
100,904
91,283
85,146
81,944

60,039
55,073
51,622
49,122
48,449

53.7
54.6
56.6
57.7
59.1

150,309
138,558
121,733
110,237
107,604

98,945
93,229
83,546
76,682
77,262

65.8
67.3
68.6
69.6
71.8

2000
2001

152,292
38,086

100,079
25,224

65.7
66.2

65,321
16,821

37,657
9,408

57.6
55.9

86,971
21,265

62,422
15,816

71.8
74.4

Aged 18–64

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research File, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the hearing level or above are current through July 2002.
Because a number of applications remain pending for more recent years, the award and allowance rates will change over time.
Applications with a medical decision may be pending a final nonmedical decision or 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.
a. Rate determined by dividing medical allowances by all medical decisions for that year.
b. Includes applicants aged 65 or older.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.asr@ssa.gov.

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Table 57.
Percentage distribution of final medical allowances, by age, year of application, and reason for allowance,
1992–2001
Total

Under age 18 only
Meets level of Medically equals
severity of level of severity
of listings
listings a

Aged 18 or older only

Functionally
equals level of
severity of
listings

Equals level of
severity of
listings

Medical and
vocational
factors
considered

Other a, b

Year

Number

Percent

1992
1993
1994

951,118
968,241
847,947

100.0
100.0
100.0

36.6
36.5
36.8

1.5
1.5
1.5

1.3
1.6
2.1

7.5
5.5
4.4

18.6
17.4
18.1

34.4
37.6
37.1

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

744,861
732,402
664,988
715,621
720,945

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

35.9
35.9
37.7
38.4
37.1

1.6
1.8
1.8
2.0
2.0

2.5
3.3
4.3
4.8
5.4

4.3
4.4
4.7
4.2
4.0

18.6
17.5
18.4
20.2
21.1

37.1
37.1
33.1
30.5
30.5

2000
2001

714,559
647,312

100.0
100.0

36.7
40.7

2.0
2.1

6.4
8.3

4.4
4.8

22.2
25.0

28.3
19.0

All ages c

Under age 18
1992
1993
1994

211,793
241,081
202,338

100.0
100.0
100.0

48.3
44.9
45.6

6.9
5.9
6.5

5.9
6.4
8.6

...
...
...

...
...
...

38.9
42.7
39.3

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

170,856
152,116
128,180
144,842
150,170

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

44.8
52.7
55.9
55.7
53.4

7.0
8.7
9.2
9.7
9.8

11.0
16.0
22.2
23.6
25.9

...
...
...
...
...

...
...
...
...
...

37.2
22.6
12.8
11.0
11.0

2000
2001

156,881
163,033

100.0
100.0

50.4
49.3

9.3
8.4

29.2
33.1

...
...

...
...

11.1
9.1

1992
1993
1994

738,836
726,637
644,621

100.0
100.0
100.0

33.3
33.7
34.0

...
...
...

...
...
...

9.7
7.3
5.8

23.9
23.1
23.8

33.2
35.9
36.4

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

572,922
540,714
511,995
534,185
535,269

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

33.2
33.7
34.6
35.8
34.5

...
...
...
...
...

...
...
...
...
...

5.6
5.9
6.1
5.5
5.3

24.1
23.3
22.6
24.0
25.5

37.2
37.0
36.6
34.7
34.7

2000
2001

525,329
454,099

100.0
100.0

34.6
40.1

...
...

...
...

5.9
6.9

27.8
33.2

31.7
19.9

Aged 18–64

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research File, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2002. Data for the hearing level or above are current through July 2002.
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 subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
Includes decisions for SSI-only applications and applications for both Social Security and SSI. Does not include Social Security-only applications.
. . . = not applicable.
a. Includes all age groups.
b. Includes applications for which the disability was previously established and those for which the basis for the determination is not available. For final determinations made
in or before August 1996 for applicants under age 18, also includes applications allowed because individual functional assessment showed impairment of comparable
severity.
c. Includes applicants aged 65 or older.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.asr@ssa.gov.

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Outcomes of Applications for Disability Benefits
Table 58.
Percentage distribution of final medical denials, by age, year of application, and reason for denial, 1992–2001
Total

Year

Number

Percent

Impairment did
not or is not
expected to last
12 months

Impairment does
not cause severe
Impairment
functional
is not severe
limitations a

1992
1993
1994

743,395
939,490
1,043,377

100.0
100.0
100.0

7.3
6.6
6.2

22.1
21.2
20.7

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

993,975
937,450
737,298
698,742
679,259

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

6.2
6.4
6.9
6.9
6.7

2000
2001

661,643
659,351

100.0
100.0

6.5
6.3

1992
1993
1994

148,324
240,807
311,303

100.0
100.0
100.0

1.5
1.3
1.4

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

306,174
291,115
195,556
182,150
181,223

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

2000
2001

174,822
167,093

1992
1993
1994

Able to do usual
past work b

Able to do other
type of work b

Other c

...
...
...

17.5
15.4
13.6

26.3
24.8
23.3

26.9
31.9
36.1

19.7
20.6
16.7
15.0
14.0

...
5.8
16.3
18.4
19.3

12.4
12.1
13.0
14.6
15.4

22.4
22.9
25.1
25.2
24.2

39.2
32.2
22.1
19.9
20.4

13.3
12.7

18.8
17.8

15.3
15.5

23.2
23.7

22.9
24.0

22.7
21.8
22.4

...
...
...

...
...
...

...
...
...

75.8
76.9
76.2

1.3
1.4
1.6
1.3
1.1

21.8
26.9
19.1
14.5
13.3

...
18.7
61.3
70.6
72.3

...
...
...
...
...

...
...
...
...
...

76.9
53.0
18.0
13.7
13.2

100.0
100.0

1.1
1.1

13.3
14.0

71.3
70.3

...
...

...
...

14.3
14.6

594,906
698,526
731,701

100.0
100.0
100.0

8.8
8.4
8.3

21.9
21.0
20.0

...
...
...

21.8
20.7
19.4

32.8
33.4
33.2

14.7
16.4
19.1

1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

687,349
645,428
540,112
512,643
494,326

100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

8.4
8.7
8.8
8.9
8.7

18.8
17.8
15.8
15.0
14.1

...
...
...
...
...

17.9
17.5
17.7
19.7
20.9

32.4
33.2
34.2
34.3
33.3

22.5
22.8
23.5
22.1
23.0

2000
2001

483,572
489,545

100.0
100.0

8.5
8.1

13.1
12.2

...
...

20.7
20.7

31.7
31.9

25.9
27.2

All ages d

Under age 18

Aged 18–64

SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Disability Research File, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Data for the initial and reconsideration levels are current through June 2002. Data for the hearing level or above are current through July 2002.
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 subsequently denied for nonmedical reasons.
Includes decisions for SSI-only applications and applications for both Social Security and SSI. Does not include Social Security-only applications.
. . . = not applicable.
a. Used only for applicants under age 18. Category effective for final determinations made August 1996 or later.
b. Used only for applicants aged 18 or older.
c. Applicant provided insufficient 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. For final determinations made August 1996 or before for applicants under age 18, also includes claims denied
because individual functional assessment showed impairment not of comparable severity.
d. Includes applicants aged 65 or older.
CONTACT: Clark Pickett (410) 965-9016 or ssi.asr@ssa.gov.

98 ♦ SSI Annual Statistical Report, 2002