veryone’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 Vermont – 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 Vermont 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 Vermont below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Vermont – 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 Vermont 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)
Vermont45.2%21.4%N/A
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:10.1%8.9%N/A

As the table shows, Vermont is well ahead of the national averages for approvals at both the Initial Application and Reconsideration levels. This has been consistent for a number of years. Note that Vermont doesn’t have any offices that handle Hearings (the third level of the application process). Hearings conducted for applicants from Vermont are typically scheduled and conducted by Judges working in the Manchester office in New Hampshire [Link TK].

Vermont Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Vermont45.2%45.4%43.3%42.9%43.2%41.5%41.2%41.5%43.5%
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, Vermont’s approval rates have been around 10 percentage points higher than the national average of Initial Applications going back a number of years. In 2018, Vermont ranked 6th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. Approval rates have been gently climbing in Vermont for several years, but the chances of being approved at the Initial Application level in Vermont is still less than 50-50. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Vermont Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Vermont21.4%16.8%14.0%14.8%14.8%13.5%15.3%14.1%18.3%
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, Vermont has consistently been well ahead of the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Vermont ranked 6th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see (with even Vermont being below 25% and the national average below 15%), 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.

Vermont Hearings Approval Over Time

As noted above, the Social Security Administration does not have any Office of Hearing Operations locations in Vermont. All hearings are generally conducted and scheduled by judges in the Manchester office, in New Hampshire.


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List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Vermont

Note that these are field offices, which offer a variety of services of the Social Security Administration, but do not generally conduct Hearings. Hearings for applicants in Vermont are generally conducted by the Manchester in New Hampshire.

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
BURLINGTON VTSUITE 107128 LAKESIDE AVEBURLINGTONVT(877) 840-5776
RUTLAND VT246 WEST STRUTLANDVT(866) 690-1944
MONTPELIER VT33 SCHOOL STMONTPELIERVT(877) 505-4542
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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.