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 Nebraska – 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 Nebraska 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 Nebraska below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Nebraska – 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 Nebraska 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)
Nebraska43.2%14.2%54.1%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:8.1%1.7%0.2%

As the table shows, Nebraska is slightly ahead of the national average across all levels. Most notably at the Initial Application level where they are ahead by 8.1%. Nebraska is only ahead by 1.7% and 0.2% at the Reconsideration and Hearing levels, so basically on par with the national average.

Nebraska Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Nebraska43.2%42.6%40.2%40.5%38.8%38.9%36.5%37.2%38.8%
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, Nebraska has been steadily increasing past the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Nebraska ranked 7th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Nebraska 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.

Nebraska Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Nebraska14.2%14.1%11.6%11.3%10.5%10.2%9.9%10.3%12.1%
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, Nebraska has stayed alongside the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Nebraska ranked 22nd 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.

Nerbaska Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Nebraska54.1%55.9%63.9%68.0%65.0%65.0%59.6%69.9%76.3%
National Average53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Nebraska has declined from being well above, to be equal to the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Nebraska ranked 23th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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.


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Nebraska SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Nebraska is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 7,” which is headquartered in Kansas City. There is 1 hearing office in Nebraska. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Nebraska 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 (2019)
National Average15.453452.7%
Nebraska Average13.549939.9%
OMAHA13.549939.9%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, the wait times are shorter than the national average by almost 2 months. The approval rate is however is 13% lower than the average.

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.

Hearing Offices in Nebraska & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Nebraska. 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 Omaha SSA, OHO
Exec Center, Suite 500 1000 N 90th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68114
(888) 881-4633 • (402) 398-1557 • (877) 389-4218
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
IOWA: Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Sioux City
NEBRASKA: Grand Island, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Nebraska

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
OMAHA NEOLD MILL CENTRE604 N 109TH CTOMAHANE(866) 716-8299
LINCOLN NEROOM 240100 CENTENNIAL MALL NLINCOLNNE(866) 593-2880
NORTH PLATTE NERM 204300 E. 3RD ST.NORTH PLATTENE(866) 830-0668
GRAND ISLAND NESTE 1115 N WEBB RDGRAND ISLANDNE(877) 407-3441
SCOTTSBLUFF NE415 VALLEY VIEW DRSCOTTSBLUFFNE(800) 297-4291
NORFOLK NESUITE 1605 IRON HORSE DRNORFOLKNE(855) 207-7082
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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.