If you live in Oklahoma and can't work due to a physical or mental condition, there are two different federal disability programs you can apply for: Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although these are both federal programs, states are responsible for some parts of the disability process, including setting the SSI amount and deciding whether you should receive Medicaid.
Who Decides Whether You Are Disabled in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma's Disability Determination Division (DDD) is the state agency that is responsible for deciding whether or not you meet the SSA’s requirements for disability. The DDD will gather your medical information and may set up appointments for you to be examined by doctors who work for the SSA. The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services administers the DDD. Here is the DDD’s contact information.
Oklahoma Disability Determination Division
3535 N.W. 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
How Much SSI Can I Get in Oklahoma?
The State of Oklahoma adds a small supplement to the federal SSI payment in some circumstances. In 2013, the federal government will pay up to $710 in SSI benefits, and you can also receive a state supplement of $42 if you live independently or with someone else (but not in a nursing home). You can apply for the benefit at Oklahoma’s Department of Social Services (DHS). You can call DHS at (405) 521-2779 or 1-877-751-2972 or visit the DHS website. You may also be able to apply for the state supplement at your physician’s office.
How Can I Get Medicaid in Oklahoma?
To receive Medicaid in Oklahoma (called SoonerCare), you must be eligible for either SSI or SSDI and:
- live in Oklahoma
- be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien, and
- meet the SoonerCare income test. The income limit is similar to that of the federal SSI program (and there is no resource limit for disabled Oklahomans). You can review the income guidelines on the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority’s SoonerCare website.
How Do I Apply For Disability in Oklahoma?
There are three ways you may be able to apply for disability in Oklahoma:
- On the Internet. If you are applying for SSDI, you can file your claim online at www.ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm.
- In person at your local field office. You can apply in person regardless of whether you are applying for SSI or SSDI. To find your local field office visit the SSA’s website and enter your zip code in the locator.
- By telephone. You have the option of applying by phone. This is available to both SSI and SSDI applicants. Call 800-772-1213 to apply by phone.
Finding an Attorney in Oklahoma
If you have questions about the disability process or you are denied benefits by Oklahoma's Disability Determination Division, it may be helpful to discuss your case with an attorney. To find an experienced disability attorney in your area, fill out our free consultation request form.