Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Alaska – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.
Why is State-by-State Information Important?
Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Alaska social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.
Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.
Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.
While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.
You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Alaska below.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Alaska – What You Need To Know
There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Alaska compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.
As the table shows, Alaska is well ahead of the national average in approval rates at the Initial Application and Reconsideration stages. However, at the Hearing level, Alaska is far, far behind the national average. This means applicants are lot more likely to win their benefits in the early stages of the process rather than the later. This is a good reason why applicants from Alaska may want to work with an advocate on their application.
Alaska Initial Application Approval Over Time
|Initial Application Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart show, Alaska has been significantly ahead of the national average (by at least ten percentage points each year) for approvals of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Alaska ranked 4th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have varied in Alaska over the last few years, and they still are better than the national average, in general there’s still only a 50-50 chance of being approved at the initial level. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
Alaska Reconsideration Approval Over Time
|Reconsideration Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Alaska has mostly been far ahead of the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. There has been some variability however, and approval rates have come down in the last few years. In 2018, Alaska ranked 7th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
Alaska Hearings Approval Over Time
|Hearing Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Alaska has been way, way behind the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Alaska ranked 47th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings. This is a good reason why applicants may wish to work with an advocate on their application.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Alaska are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Alaska may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.
Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.
Alaska SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office
Alaska is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 10,” which is headquartered in Seattle. There is 1 main hearing office in Alaska. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Alaska and National Averages.
The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.
The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.
The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.
|Initial Application (L1)||Reconsideration (L2)||Hearing (L3)|
As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, we can see that wait times are lower than the national average – which is good – but the approval rates are well below the national average – which is less good for applicants.
These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.
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Hearing Offices in Alaska & The SSA Offices They Serve
These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Alaska. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.
Hearing Office Region 10 Anchorage SSA, OHO
Suite 610 188 W Northern Lights Boulevard
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
(855) 602-5004 • (907) 271-6271 • (877) 714-3607
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ALASKA: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau
List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Alaska
|Office Name||Location||Address||City||State||Phone Number|
|JUNEAU AK||PO BOX 21327||709 W 9TH ST. ROOM 231||JUNEAU||AK||(800) 478-7124|
|ANCHORAGE AK||ROOM A11||222 W 8TH AVE||ANCHORAGE||AK||(866) 772-3081|
|FAIRBANKS AK||RM 138||101 12TH AVENUE||FAIRBANKS||AK||(800) 478-0391|
All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.
About Citizens Disability, LLC:
Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.
More Important Information about The Application Process
Other Applying For SSDI FAQs:
- Can Citizens Disability help with my application?
- Does this process take as long as I’ve heard about?
- Can I receive both Medicare and Social Security disability benefits?
- Do I receive compensation while I wait for my approval?
- If I am denied, should I reapply?
- How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
- What happens during the reconsideration stage?
- At which stage do I require an advocate?
- Should I give medical updates to the disability authorities throughout the appeals processes?
- Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?