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SSDI Benefits in Arizona

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program helps Arizona residents who can't work due to long-term or life-threatening disabilities. The program acts like a form of insurance, using your past work contributions to support you when you need it most.

How the SSDI Program Works in Arizona

The SSDI program is funded by collecting a portion of your wages when you're employed, which are contributed to the Social Security fund in the form of taxes. These regular contributions accumulate "work credits," which serve as a type of insurance policy that you've been contributing to throughout your career.

These work credits become particularly important when you encounter a significant health problem that impedes your ability to work. In such cases, these credits form the basis of your eligibility for SSDI benefits, enabling you to receive financial support.

Who Is Eligible for SSDI?

To be eligible for SSDI in Arizona, you need to meet two primary criteria. First, you must have earned enough work credits during your years of employment. The necessary credits vary depending on your age when you became disabled, but most people are expected to have earned 40 work credits.

Secondly, you need a medical condition matching the Social Security Administration's (SSA) definition of disability. This definition requires a severe health issue that significantly restricts your ability to work and is expected to last at least a year or be terminal. Short-term or minor conditions typically do not qualify. Detailed and precise medical records are essential for proving your disability status.

How to Apply for SSDI in Arizona

In Arizona, you can apply for SSDI benefits online, over the phone, or by visiting a local Social Security office. When applying, be prepared to provide extensive medical records and a detailed work history.

Apply for SSDI Benefits Online: https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/dib

Apply By Phone: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Information needed to apply

To apply for SSDI in Arizona, you will need to provide detailed information in the following areas:

  • Personal information: Your name, Social Security number, and birth certificate.
  • Medical documentation: Detailed medical records, including test results and doctors' reports.
  • Employment history: Detailed work history for the last 15 years.
  • Financial information: Details about your income and resources.

Having complete and accurate information can expedite the process and increase your chances of approval.

What to Do if Your Application Is Denied

If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision within 60 days. The appeal process is divided into four stages, starting with a Request for Reconsideration. During this phase, the Social Security Administration reviews your application once more.

You can begin the process by logging in to your mySocialSecurity account and selecting Request Reconsideration.

Hiring an Arizona Disability Attorney

Applicants for SSDI may want to consider hiring an attorney to assist them through the process. A disability attorney understands the intricacies of SSDI laws, and they can help ensure your application is complete and accurate.

Disability lawyers can also represent you during the appeal process and help gather evidence to support your claim, improving your chances of winning the benefits you deserve.

SSI Benefits in Arizona

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a vital resource for Arizona residents who are aged, blind, disabled, and have limited or no income.

SSI provides financial assistance for basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter. Unlike SSDI, SSI benefits are not determined by your work history but rather by your financial need. If your income and resources fall within the program's eligibility limits, you could qualify for SSI.

Arizona - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Social Security office locations are available across Arizona. Whether you're beginning an application or have questions about existing benefits, these offices can provide the assistance you need.

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
907 PHOENIX NORTH AZ 16241 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85032 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-348-7855
908 TUCSON AZ 3808 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-331-7693
909 PRESCOTT AZ 205 N Marina, Prescott, AZ 86301 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-457-1733
912 APACHE JUNCTION AZ 253 W Superstition Blv, Apache Junction, AZ 85120 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-7417
913 PHOENIX DOWNTOWN AZ Ste 100, 250 N Seventh Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-4852
914 GLENDALE AZ 5907 W Kings Ave, Glendale, AZ 85306 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-886-7213
929 MESA AZ 702 W Jerome Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-1716
930 SOUTH TUCSON AZ Ste 100, 88 W 38th St, Tucson, AZ 85713 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-220-7896
903 CASA GRANDE AZ Ste 2, 1637 E Monument Plz Cr, Casa Grande, AZ 85122 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-0403
911 YUMA AZ 325 W 19th St Suite 1, Yuma, AZ 85364 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-613-2970
B57 FLAGSTAFF AZ 2715 S Wdlnds Vlg Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-319-0735
B62 DOUGLAS AZ 600 E 15th St, Douglas, AZ 85607 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-480-4858
B75 NOGALES AZ 1760 N Mastick Way, Nogales, AZ 85621 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-5472
I60 SHOW LOW AZ 2500 E Cooley Ste 407, Show Low, AZ 85901 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-850-7831