Wonder how much you'll get?
View the SSDI Pay Chart for 2024

SSDI Benefits in Iowa

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a federal insurance program in Iowa and across the U.S. Workers pay into this program through their payroll taxes. SSDI assists people who are unable to work due to a disability.

The program gives monthly benefits to individuals who have worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes but are now unable to work due to a disability.

What Is the SSA?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a U.S. government agency that administers SSDI, along with other programs such as Social Security retirement benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The SSA handles applications for these programs, determines eligibility, calculates benefits, and disburses payments.

Who Is Eligible for SSDI?

To qualify for SSDI in Iowa, you must have worked long enough and recently enough to earn the necessary work credits, usually around 20 credits in the last 10 years, ending in the year you become disabled. Additionally, you must meet the SSA's definition of disability.

How does the SSA define Disability?

The SSA has a strict definition of disability. According to the SSA, a person is considered disabled if they cannot do the work that they did before, they cannot adjust to other work because of their medical conditions, and their disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

What are work credits?

Work credits are a measure of how much a person has worked and contributed to the Social Security system. Workers can earn up to four credits per year. These credits determine your eligibility for SSDI benefits.

How to Apply for SSDI in Iowa

Applying for SSDI in Iowa can be done online, over the phone, or in person at a local SSA office. The application process involves filling out the application and providing the necessary documentation.

Visit the SSA website to start your online application.

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.

You will need various pieces of information when applying for SSDI in Iowa. This includes your Social Security number, your birth certificate, names of medications you take, medical records from your doctors, and a summary of your employment and the kind of work you did.

Appeal Process

If your application for SSDI in Iowa is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision.

The appeal process consists of several levels, including Reconsideration, Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge, Review by the Appeals Council, and Federal Court Review.


The first step of the appeal process is Reconsideration. During this stage, a different reviewer will take a fresh look at your application, considering all the original evidence as well as any new evidence you provide.

Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge

If your claim is denied upon Reconsideration, you can request a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). During this hearing, you can present witnesses, clarify facts about your case, present new evidence, and make legal arguments.

Review by the Appeals Council

If you disagree with the ALJ's decision, you can ask for a review by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council can deny the request for review if it believes the hearing decision was correct and supported by the evidence.

Federal Court Review

If the Appeals Council denies your claim or you disagree with its decision, you can file a lawsuit in a Federal District Court. This stage of the appeals process requires having legal representation.

Should You Hire a Disability Lawyer?

Hiring a disability lawyer is not a requirement, but it can be beneficial &mdash especially during the appeals process. An experienced disability attorney can guide you through the application process, help gather necessary documentation, and represent you through all levels of the appeal process.

SSI Program in Iowa

SSI is another federal program administered by the SSA. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

To qualify, you must meet certain income and resource limits, and be 65 or older, blind, or disabled. You can apply for SSI in Iowa by visiting a local SSA office or applying online on the SSA's website.

The program is designed to help three primary groups:

  • Older adults aged 65 and above
  • People who are blind
  • People who are unable to work because of a disability

Eligibility for SSI in Iowa not only provides financial aid but also automatically qualifies you for other valuable benefits. Most notably, SSI recipients are automatically eligible for Medicaid, which can significantly help cover healthcare expenses, ensuring access to necessary medical services.

Iowa - Social Security Disability Office Locations

Office Code Name Address Weekday Hours Phone Number
690 DES MOINES IA Riverpoint Ofc Complex, 455 Sw 5th St Ste F, Des Moines, IA 50309 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-7583
691 DAVENPORT IA 4319 N Brady St, Davenport, IA 52806 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 855-420-8556
692 SIOUX CITY IA 3555 Southern Hills Dr, Sioux City, IA 51106 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-338-2859
693 WATERLOO IA 3121 Greyhound Dr, Waterloo, IA 50701 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 888-456-9554
694 OTTUMWA IA Ste A, 2429 Northgate St, Ottumwa, IA 52501 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-7394
696 CEDAR RAPIDS IA 3165 Williams Blvd Sw Ste 100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-495-0088
695 DUBUQUE IA Ste 101, 1635 Associates Dr, Dubuque, IA 52002 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-405-3650
697 FORT DODGE IA 2315 2nd Ave North, Fort Dodge, IA 50501 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-839-6193
698 MASON CITY IA 625 Village Grn Dr Sw, Mason City, IA 50401 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-365-6708
699 BURLINGTON IA 3920 Division St, Burlington, IA 52601 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-338-4183
700 CRESTON IA 906 E Taylor St, Creston, IA 50801 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-613-2827
701 CARROLL IA 818 Bella Vista Dr, Carroll, IA 51401 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-572-8381
780 SPENCER IA 1610 12th Ave Sw, Spencer, IA 51301 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-273-6050
B34 CORALVILLE IA Ste 100, 1100 6th St, Coralville, IA 52241 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-964-2039
B36 MARSHALLTOWN IA 2502 South 2nd St, Marshalltown, IA 50158 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 877-819-2595
B37 AMES IA 2615 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50010 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-899-1928
C49 COUNCIL BLUFFS Midamerica Center, 20 Arena Way Ste 1, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 866-331-9094