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 Kansas – 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 Kansas 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 Kansas below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Kansas – 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 Kansas 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)
National Average38.9%15.0%54.0%
State Difference:14.0%-1.0%-13.8%

As the table shows, when compared to the national average, Kansas is much better at the Initial Application by 14%. However they are below he national average at the Reconsideration and Hearing levels – by 1.0% and 13.8% respectively.

Kansas Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011
National Average38.9%37.9%38.4%37.8%35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.7%33.0%33.4%33.2%
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As the table and the below chart show, Kansas had been rapidly improving, becoming much better than the national average approval rate of Initial Applications going back to at least 2011.However, Kanas fell a little from 2020 to 2022 but still surpasses the national average. In 2022, Kansas ranked 2nd in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Kansas over the last few years, they still outperform the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI initial applications in Kansas and compares them to the national averages.

Kansas Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011
National Average15.0%13.2%13.6%13.5%12.6%13.0%12.7%11.8%11.0%11.3%11.8%11.4%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Kansas had consistently been ahead of the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. However, Kanas fell pretty far from 2020 to 2022 and now is 0.9% below the national average. In 2022, Kansa ranked 38th 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.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI reconsideration requests in Kansas and compares them to the national averages.

Kansas Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011
National Average54.0%54.7%51.1%52.9%53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Kansas has continued to fall further away from the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2022, Kansas ranked 46th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI hearings in Kansas and compares them to the national averages.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Kansas 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 Kansas 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.

Kansas SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Kansas is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 7,” which is headquartered in Kansas City. There are 2 hearing offices in Kansas. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Kansas 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.

Hearing Wait Time (Months)Average Disposition Time (Days)Average Approval Rate (2022)
National Average10.134754.0%
Kansas Average10.636540.3%
TOPEKA KS11.336034.4%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2022, the Topeka KS office’s hearing wait time slightly higher than the national average. However, the approval rates are below average statewide. The best performing office, Topeka KS, is a disappointing 34.4%.

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.

This graph shows the current approval and wait times for SSDI hearings for Social Security offices in Kansas and compares them to the national averages.

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Hearing Offices in Kansas & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Kansas. 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 7 Topeka SSA, OHO
Suite A 3712 SW Burlingame
Topeka, Kansas 66609
(888) 436-2615 • (785) 266-8415 • (877) 847-1602
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
KANSAS: Emporia, Johnson County, Kansas City Kansas (KcK), Lawrence, Manhattan, Topeka

Hearing Office Region 7 Wichita SSA, OHO
3207 N. Cypress Street
Wichita, Kansas 67226
(866) 964-3421 • (316) 684-4747 • (877) 389-4212
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
KANSAS: Dodge City, Hays, Hutchinson, Independence, Salina, Wichita

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Kansas

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
HAYS KS1212 E 27TH STHAYSKS(888) 552-7176
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All data on this page is current as of February, 2023.

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.

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