State and National Allowance Rates

January 6, 2016

SSA released allowance rates both nationally and by state.  Nationally, 2015 allowance rates are as follows:

Initial applications – 32.9%

Reconsideration – 11.5 %

The state of Florida has rates that are a little worse overall with only 30.5% being approve initially and 10.7 approved at the reconsideration level.

I am often surprised by the number of people who call me and suggest that “no one” gets approved when they apply.  The fact is that nationally, almost 33% of people are approved after they file an application.  State-by-state rates show numbers ranging from 25-50%.  Over the past three fiscal years, three states show initial approval rates routinely upward of 46%:  Alaska, Wyoming and New Hampshire.  Mississippi shows the lowest rates, typically hovering at 20% on the initial application

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