The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released data on disability claims that shows rural states are more likely than urban ones to have low approval rates.
This could be due to the SSA’s tightening of regulations on disability claims in recent years, which is making it increasingly hard for applicants to get approved. There’s an extremely strict definition of what counts as a “disability” and there are also requirements that you document any listed disabilities with proof from doctors or other sources before your application can go through safely.
The top 15 states with the lowest disability claim approval rates are Oklahoma (30%), Hawaii (30.2%) and West Virginia 31%.
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