Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2008

 
Table equivalent for Chart 2. All Social Security disabled beneficiaries in current-payment status, December 1970–2008 (millions)
Year Total Disabled workers Disabled widow(er)s Disabled adult children
1970 1.81 1.49 0.05 0.27
1971 1.99 1.65 0.06 0.29
1972 2.20 1.83 0.06 0.31
1973 2.42 2.02 0.08 0.32
1974 2.67 2.24 0.09 0.34
1975 2.96 2.49 0.11 0.36
1976 3.17 2.67 0.12 0.38
1977 3.37 2.84 0.13 0.40
1978 3.43 2.88 0.13 0.42
1979 3.44 2.87 0.13 0.44
1980 3.44 2.86 0.13 0.45
1981 3.36 2.78 0.12 0.46
1982 3.19 2.60 0.12 0.47
1983 3.17 2.57 0.11 0.49
1984 3.21 2.60 0.11 0.51
1985 3.29 2.66 0.11 0.53
1986 3.38 2.73 0.11 0.55
1987 3.45 2.79 0.11 0.56
1988 3.51 2.83 0.10 0.57
1989 3.58 2.90 0.10 0.59
1990 3.71 3.01 0.10 0.60
1991 3.93 3.19 0.11 0.62
1992 4.24 3.47 0.13 0.64
1993 4.53 3.73 0.15 0.66
1994 4.80 3.96 0.16 0.67
1995 5.04 4.19 0.17 0.69
1996 5.26 4.39 0.18 0.70
1997 5.40 4.51 0.19 0.70
1998 5.61 4.70 0.19 0.71
1999 5.80 4.88 0.20 0.72
2000 5.97 5.04 0.20 0.73
2001 6.21 5.27 0.20 0.74
2002 6.49 5.54 0.21 0.74
2003 6.83 5.87 0.21 0.75
2004 7.17 6.20 0.21 0.76
2005 7.50 6.52 0.22 0.77
2006 7.80 6.81 0.22 0.78
2007 8.12 7.10 0.22 0.79
2008 8.53 7.43 0.23 0.87
SOURCE: Table 3.
Table equivalent for Chart 3. Disabled beneficiaries aged 18–64 in current-payment status as a percentage of state population aged 18–64, December 2008
State Percent
Alabama 7.3
Alaska 2.6
Arizona 3.6
Arkansas 7.5
California 2.9
Colorado 2.8
Connecticut 3.7
Delaware 4.6
District of Columbia 3.0
Florida 4.1
Georgia 3.9
Hawaii 2.8
Idaho 4.0
Illinois 3.5
Indiana 4.6
Iowa 4.0
Kansas 3.9
Kentucky 7.3
Louisiana 5.3
Maine 6.7
Maryland 3.1
Massachusetts 4.5
Michigan 4.8
Minnesota 3.4
Mississippi 7.1
Missouri 5.4
Montana 4.2
Nebraska 3.7
Nevada 3.2
New Hampshire 4.7
New Jersey 3.4
New Mexico 4.7
New York 4.0
North Carolina 5.2
North Dakota 3.5
Ohio 4.3
Oklahoma 5.3
Oregon 3.8
Pennsylvania 4.8
Rhode Island 5.1
South Carolina 5.6
South Dakota 3.7
Tennessee 5.7
Texas 3.4
Utah 2.5
Vermont 5.0
Virginia 4.0
Washington 3.6
Wisconsin 4.0
Wyoming 3.4
SOURCE: Table 8.
NOTE: The percentage for Idaho and Iowa is 3.97. In Table 8, that percentage has been rounded to 4.0.
Table equivalent for Chart 4. Age of disabled-worker beneficiaries in current-payment status, by sex, December 2008 (percent)
Age Men Women
Under 25 0.8 0.6
25–29 2.3 2.0
30–34 3.2 3.3
35–39 4.9 5.3
40–44 7.9 8.2
45–49 12.4 12.9
50–54 17.1 17.6
55–59 21.7 21.7
60–64 25.0 23.8
65–FRA 4.7 4.4
SOURCE: Table 4.
NOTE: FRA = full retirement age.
Table equivalent for Chart 5. Average monthly benefit of disabled beneficiaries in current-payment status, by sex, December 2008 (dollars)
Beneficiary Men Women
Disabled workers 1,190.7 920.2
Disabled widow(er)s 498.0 691.8
Disabled adult children 676.7 687.9
SOURCE: Table 4.
Table equivalent for Chart 6. Disabled beneficiaries in current-payment status, by diagnostic group, December 2008 (percent)
Diagnostic group Disabled
workers
Disabled
widow(er)s
Disabled
adult
children
Mental retardation 4.7 4.3 46.5
Other mental disorders 28.6 24.9 18.7
Nervous system and sense organs 9.5 7.3 9.9
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 27.0 30.5 0.8
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 3.6 7.4 0.4
Circulatory system 9.0 9.0 0.5
All other impairments 17.6 16.6 23.3
SOURCE: Table 6.
Table equivalent for Chart 7. Distribution of workers, by diagnostic group and sex, December 2008 (percent)
Diagnostic group Men Women
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 1.8 3.0
Injuries 8.4 4.3
Mental disorders 17.8 23.2
Circulatory system 4.7 2.6
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 55.9 52.5
Nervous system and sense organs 4.8 7.6
All other impairments 6.6 6.8
SOURCE: Table 34.
Table equivalent for Chart 8. Social Security disability awards, 1980–2008 (thousands)
Year Total Disabled
workers
Disabled
widow(er)s
Disabled
adult
children
1980 446.08 397.00 16.00 33.00
1981 396.55 352.00 14.00 31.00
1982 338.28 297.00 12.00 29.00
1983 359.60 312.00 14.00 34.00
1984 415.59 362.00 17.00 36.00
1985 433.54 377.00 17.00 39.00
1986 475.81 417.00 18.00 41.00
1987 471.91 416.00 16.00 40.00
1988 463.52 409.00 15.00 39.00
1989 477.75 426.00 15.00 37.00
1990 522.17 468.00 15.00 39.00
1991 607.11 536.00 30.00 41.00
1992 716.88 637.00 33.00 47.00
1993 714.32 635.00 32.00 47.00
1994 706.26 632.00 30.00 44.00
1995 718.70 646.00 30.00 43.00
1996 693.53 624.00 29.00 41.00
1997 654.66 587.00 29.00 39.00
1998 677.47 608.00 29.00 40.00
1989 691.89 620.00 30.00 42.00
2000 675.60 611.00 28.00 37.00
2001 732.70 662.00 27.00 44.00
2002 805.31 730.00 28.00 47.00
2003 829.83 756.00 27.00 47.00
2004 854.87 775.00 28.00 52.00
2005 909.68 821.21 29.58 58.89
2006 885.88 798.68 28.68 58.52
2007 901.11 804.79 28.81 67.52
2008 987.53 877.23 30.61 79.69
SOURCE: Table 35.
Table equivalent for Chart 9. Average monthly benefit awards, by sex, 2008 (dollars)
Beneficiary Men Women
Disabled workers 1,252.7 957.3
Disabled widow(er)s 499.4 684.2
Disabled adult children 473.7 474.5
SOURCE: Table 36.
Table equivalent for Chart 11. Final outcome of disabled-worker applications, 1998–2007 (percent)
Year Initial
awards
Reconsideration
awards
Hearings
and
Appeals
Council
awards
Pending
final
decision
Medical
denials
Technical
denials
1998 32.7 5.4 15.7 0.0 37.1 9.0
1999 33.9 4.9 16.0 0.0 35.9 9.3
2000 34.4 4.4 15.9 0.0 34.3 11.0
2001 34.9 3.9 15.4 0.2 33.4 12.3
2002 31.5 3.6 15.8 0.2 34.3 14.6
2003 28.1 3.2 15.0 0.3 32.7 20.6
2004 24.8 2.6 13.2 0.7 29.8 28.9
2005 25.4 2.5 12.5 2.4 30.2 27.1
2006 23.8 2.4 7.1 9.0 27.4 30.2
2007 23.8 2.3 1.8 14.1 26.4 31.7
SOURCE: Tables 59–64.
NOTES: Awards are calculated as medical allowances minus subsequent technical denials. Technical denials include both nonmedical decision technical denials and medical decisions that were subsequently denied for technical reasons.
The proportion of claims awarded at each level of the process is likely to change as a result of the Prototype Process being tested in 10 states. Under this test, the reconsideration step of the appeals process was eliminated for applications filed October 1, 1999, or later. Elimination of the reconsideration level in these states is likely to result in a decrease in the overall proportion of claims awarded at this step.