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 Idaho – 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 Idaho 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 Idaho below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Idaho – 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 Idaho compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.

Initial Application (L1)Reconsideration (L2)Hearing (L3)
Idaho41.8%15.4%N/A
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:6.7%2.8%N/A

As the table shows, Idaho is ahead of the national average when it comes to approval rates for Initial Applications and at the Reconsideration level. Note that while the Social Security Administration does have an Office of Hearing Operations location in Boise, this is a “satellite office” and thus it does not report hearing result data. Also note that some Idaho residents will have their hearing administered by judges from the SSA’s Spokane, Washington office.

Idaho Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Idaho41.8%40.8%39.9%37.4%37.5%36.1%35.2%34.0%34.0%
National Average35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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As the table and the below chart show, Idaho has been ahead of the national average in terms of approval rates of Initial Applications going back to at least 2011. In 2018, Idaho ranked 11th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates also have been improving in Idaho over the last few years, they still represent roughly only a 4 in 10 chance of an approval at this stage. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Idaho Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Idaho15.4%14.2%14.8%12.9%11.3%10.8%11.2%12.4%11.1%
National Average12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Idaho has criss-crossed the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level, but over the last few years Idaho has come out ahead. In 2018, Idaho ranked 16th 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 on to the next level, the Hearing.

Idaho Hearings Approval Over Time

As noted above, while the Social Security Administration does have an Office of Hearing Operations locations in Boise, the SSA does not report out data on hearing wait times or approval rates for applicants from Idaho. Also, some Idaho applicants will have their cases handled by the SSA’s Spokane, Washington office.


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List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Idaho

Note that these are field offices, which offer a variety of services of the Social Security Administration, but do not generally conduct Hearings.

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
BOISE IDSUITE 1011249 S VINNELL WAYBOISEID(855) 377-9316
POCATELLO IDSUITE B861 JEFFERSON AVEPOCATELLOID(866) 643-3407
LEWISTON ID1617 19TH AVELEWISTONID(877) 405-9796
TWIN FALLS ID1437 FILLMORE STTWIN FALLSID(866) 748-2087
IDAHO FALLS ID2196 CHANNING WAYIDAHO FALLSID(866) 253-0489
COEUR D ALENE ISUITE 1007400 N MINERAL DRIVECOEUR D ALENEID(866) 931-2523
CALDWELL ID1118 SOUTH KIMBALL AVECALDWELLID(877) 836-1560
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.

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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.