Filing for Disability in Maryland

Information on applying for Social Security disability and SSI in Maryland, as well as the state supplement for assisted living.

Even though Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs, the approval and denial rates, as well as how long a claim takes to be decided, differs in Maryland. This article discusses these differences, along with the amount of SSI a person can receive in Maryland, contact information for Social Security offices in Maryland, and how much Maryland doctors can charge for medical records.

Disability Approval Statistics in Maryland

Disability Determination Services (DDS), the state agency that decides initial Social Security disability applications in Maryland, approved 33% of disability claims at the initial application level, and 14% of these denied claims were approved at the reconsideration review (the first level of appeal). The next step is to request an appeal hearing. In Maryland, it takes, on average, 15 months from the time the request for hearing is filed to the date the case is decided by an ALJ.

Social Security administrative law judges (ALJs) in the Baltimore, Maryland hearing office awarded benefits in 70% of the cases they heard in 2019, an approval rate that's much higher than the national average. Some appeal hearings for Maryland claimants, however, are heard in the D.C. hearing office, which has a much lower rate of approval (45%), and in the Dover and Charlottesville offices as well, which also low rates of approval.

Stage of Application

Maryland

Nationally

Initial Application Approvals

33%

35%

Reconsideration Approvals

14%

13%

Appeal Hearing Approvals

45%-70%

45%

Hearing Wait Time

15 months

19 months

How Much SSI Will I Receive in Maryland?

The federal government funds most of the SSI payment ($771 for individuals and $1,157 for couples where both spouses are eligible for SSI). However, Maryland provides a generous supplement to the federal SSI benefit amount for recipients who live in care homes or assisted living facilities. The maximum subsidy, called the Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy, is $650/month and is paid directly to the provider. For more information, visit Maryland's Department of Disabilities website or call 800-637-4113.

SSI recipients in Maryland may also be eligible for Temporary Cash Assistance (TC), Temporary Disability Assistance (TDAP), or other state services. For more information, visit Maryland's Department of Human Resources website or call 800-332-6347.

How Much Will It Cost to Get My Medical Records?

Maryland law places a limit on how much a doctor's office or hospital can charge you for your medical records. Medical providers can charge a fee of $0.76 per page, plus the actual cost of postage. If the records are sent to another provider, an additional fee of $22.88 for preparation may be charged. However, if the records are given directly to you, the provider may not charge a preparation fee.

Contact Information for Maryland Offices

Contact information for the Disability Determination Services (DDS) and the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) offices that cover Maryland are listed below.

Maryland DDS

The Department of Rehabilitative Services (DORS) administers Maryland's Disability Determination Services (DDS). The contact information for DDS is:

2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218-1696
Phone: 410-554-9442
Toll-free: 800-492-4283
[email protected]

Maryland OHO Locations

Maryland's main hearing office (Office of Hearings Operations, or OHO) is located in Baltimore, although offices in Washington, D.C., Dover, and Charlottesville are used by the state as well. Each OHO office schedules and conducts the hearings for claims coming from its field offices and manages the case file once it gets to the hearing level.

Baltimore OHO

The Symphony Center, Room 300
1010 Park Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-5600
Phone: 866-613-3960
Fax: 410-962-6999

Serves the following Social Security field offices: Abingdon, Annapolis, Baltimore (Downtown, West, Glen Burnie, Northeast, Rossville, and Wabash), Columbia, Elkton, Frederick, Hagerstown, Owings Mills, Towson, Westminster, and Winchester

Washington, D.C. OHO

1227 25th Street N.W., 3rd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037
Phone: 866-414-6259
Fax: 202-254-0634

Serves the Camp Springs, Greenbelt, Rockville, Silver Spring field offices

Charlottesville, Virginia OHO

1470 Pantops Mountain Place, 2nd Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: 866-613-2969
Fax: 434-295-4515

Serves the Cumberland, Maryland field office

Dover, Delaware OHO

500 W. Loockerman Street, Suite 200
Dover, DE 19904

Serves the Cambridge, Maryland field office

Maryland Rehabilitation Services

Maryland offers rehabilitation services through its Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). DORS assists disabled individuals with job training and job placement, life skills, and works with the SSA to determine eligibility for SSI and SSDI. For more information, visit the DORS website.

Maryland Disability Lawyers

If you need assistance winning your disability claim, visit our Maryland disability lawyers page to find a local attorney who can help you.

Updated June 27, 2019

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