ALL STATE DATA UPDATED FOR 2020!

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 New Hampshire – 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in New Hampshire – 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 New Hampshire 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)
New Hampshire59.5%27.8%56.0%
National Average35.1%12.5%54.3%
State Difference:24.4%15.2%1.7%

As the table shows, New Hampshire is significantly ahead at two levels – Initial Application and Reconsideration. They are up by 24.4% at Initial Application, 15.2% at Reconsideration, and only 1.7% at the Hearing level.

New Hampshire Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Hampshire59.5%53.7%51.4%51.5%52.4%47.8%49.6%50.1%49.9%48.5%49.8%
National Average39.7%37.9%35.6%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, New Hampshire has been historically ahead of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2020, New Hampshire ranked 2nd in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in New Hampshire over the last few years, they still outperform the national average. Even so, the chances of success are only as good as a coin flip. 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 reconsideration requests in New Jersey and compares them to the national averages.

New Hampshire Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Hampshire27.8%27.7%45.5%62.5%51.5%40.4%36.4%30.0%34.0%30.8%27.3%
National Average14.5%13.6%12.6%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, New Hampshire has been significantly better than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2020, New Hampshire ranked 3rd 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 hearings in New Jersey and compares them to the national averages.

New Hampshire Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
New Hampshire56.0%54.9%58.0%56.5%54.9%49.6%50.4%56.4%67.6%71.2%72.8%
National Average54.3%52.9%53.9%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, New Hampshire has dipped above and below the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2020, New Hampshire ranked 15th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI initial applications in New Mexico and compares them to the national averages.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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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New Hampshire SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

New Hampshire is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 1,” which is headquartered in Boston. There are 2 hearing offices in New Hampshire. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to New Hampshire 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 (2020)
National Average11.840454.3%
New Hampshire Average11.236745.1%
MANCHESTER11.236745.1%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2020, the wait time is just slightly less than the national average. The approval rate is however, much lower than the average. Both offices in New Hampshire are below the average by 9.2%.

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 & historical approval rates for SSDI initial applications in New Jersey and compares them to the national averages.

Hearing Offices in New Hampshire & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in New Hampshire. 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 1 Manchester SSA, OHO
Suite 303 1750 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
(888) 318-7973 • (603) 623-4050 • (877) 787-5233
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Concord, Keene, Littleton, Manchester, Nashua
VERMONT: Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in New Hampshire

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
CONCORD NHSTE 10070 COMMERCIAL STCONCORDNH(888) 397-9798
PORTSMOUTH NHROOM 210A80 DANIEL STPORTSMOUTHNH(888) 397-9796
MANCHESTER NHSUITE 2011100 ELM STMANCHESTERNH(866) 814-5408
LITTLETON NH177 MAIN STLITTLETONNH(877) 405-7658
NASHUA NHSUITE 2175 AMHERST STNASHUANH(877) 444-0134
KEENE NH9 ELM STREETKEENENH(877) 405-3651
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2020.

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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.