Filing for Disability in Iowa

The State of Iowa provides a generous supplement to the federal SSI disability payment.

Iowa disability benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are provided through federal programs for those who are disabled and are unable to work. As federal programs, many of the processes are uniform throughout the United States, but each state’s disability benefits are slightly different, including disability approval rates, how much you will receive monthly, vocational services provided, and contact information for local offices.

Disability Approval Rates and Wait Times in Iowa

At the initial application stage, 34.2% of those who apply for Social Security disability benefits in Iowa are approved, while nationally 32.1% on average are approved. At the reconsideration stage, 10.5% of those appeals from Iowa are approved, with 11.3% being approved nationally.

At the hearing stage in Iowa, your chances are less favorable than the national average (47.3% compared to 58.3%). Additionally, the wait time for a hearing is over a month longer, meaning those in Iowa will wait longer to have a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and to get a decision on your application. In Iowa, the wait time is 387 days with an approval rating of 47.3%, and nationally, the wait time is 349 days.

Stage of Application



Initial Application



Reconsideration Review



Appeal Hearing



Hearing Wait Time

387 days

349 days

Iowa State Supplement to SSI

SSI recipients receive a set monthly benefit from the federal government plus a supplemental payment from the state. The State of Iowa only pays individuals in certain living situations a supplemental payment, as follows:

Living Situation

Federal Payment


Iowa Payment


Living with a dependent person

$698 / $1,048

$344 / $688

Family life or boarding home

$698 / $1,048

$142 / $284

Living with a dependent person in the household of another

$698 / $1,048

$344 / $688

Residential care

$698 / $1,048

$291.34 / $582.68

In-home health care

$698 / $1,048

$480.55 / $961.10

This state program, called State Supplementary Assistance (SSA), is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) for those in residential care or receiving in-home health care. Social Security Administration administers all of the other types of state supplement.

Vocational Rehabilitative Services in Iowa

Individuals who are disabled may face special struggles when trying to find and/or keep a job. In Iowa, the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) is the department that handles vocational services. Specifically, the Rehabilitation Services Bureau (RSB) works to place individuals with disabilities to find jobs. There are 14 area offices and 32 service units across the state. Below is the contact information for the main RSB office.


510 East 12th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

Telephone: 515-725-0703

DDSB Contact Information

Disability Determination Services Bureau (DDSB) is the office in Iowa that makes all medical decisions on disability claims. After your application is reviewed by your local Social Security Administration office for technical requirements (such as income levels or time worked), your application is sent to DDSB for review of your medical record to decide if you are disabled and unable to work. Once you file your application, you should contact your local DDSB office with any questions. Below is the contact information for the DDSB office in Iowa.

510 East 12th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319

Telephone: 515-725-0703


ODAR Contact Information

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is the office that handles all Social Security appeals. If you have an appeal, you will deal directly with ODAR. In Iowa, there are two hearing offices that are overseen by a Regional Office located in Missouri. Below is the contact information for the ODAR offices.

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review- Regional Office

Suite 1700

1100 Main Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64105-5163

Telephone: (888) 238-7975


West Des Moines Hearing Office

Building 1, Suite 300

1501 50th Street

West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

Telephone: (877) 628-6577

Serves the following local offices: Ames, Burlington, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Creston, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Marshalltown, Mason City, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Waterloo


Omaha, NB Hearing Office

Center Pointe Professional Plaza

9239 West Center Road, Suite 100

Omaha, Nebraska 68124

Telephone: (888) 881-4633

Serves the following local offices: Carroll, Council Bluffs, Creston, Sioux City

Information on Iowa Disability Lawyers

A disability lawyer can increase your chances of winning a disability hearing. If you've been denied benefits, you can contact an attorney by visiting our Iowa disability lawyers page for a free consultation.

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