Nebraska Disability Benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance and SSI

Find out about Nebraska's state supplemental payments, plus how to appeal a denial of Social Security disability or SSI and whether you qualify for Medicaid.

If you live in Nebraska and you can no longer work due to a long-term physical or mental disability, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To apply for SSI or SSDI, you can contact the Social Security field office nearest you or you can call Social Security at 800-772-1213. You can also start your application online, if you’re applying for SSDI only.

Disability Evaluation in Nebraska

Once Social Security determines that a disability applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements for either SSI or SSDI, the agency sends the claimant’s file to Nebraska's Disability Determinations Section (DDS). DDS is a part of Nebraska’s Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation.

DDS reviews the medical information in your file and decides whether you are disabled according to Social Security’s definition of disability.

DDS’s office is in Lincoln. Its mailing address is Disability Determinations Section, P.O. Box 82530, Lincoln, Nebraska 68501, and its telephone number is 800-331-5616.

Disability Appeals in Nebraska

If your initial claim is denied, the next step in Nebraska is to ask that DDS reconsider the decision. If your request for reconsideration is denied, the next step is to ask for a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ).

ALJ hearings are administered through Social Security’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). There is one ODAR office in Nebraska, in Omaha, at 9239 West Center Road, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. Its telephone number is (888) 881-4633.

The ODAR offices in Topeka, Kansas handles hearings for Nebraskans who live west of Lincoln. To find the hearing office that will host your hearing, check Social Security's hearing office locator.

Additional Assistance for SSI Recipients in Nebraska

State Supplement

For SSI recipients who live in Nebraska, the state adds a small supplement on to the federal monthly payment of $710. The payment ranges from $5 for those living independently to $438 for those living in assisted living, according to the chart below.

Living independently


Adult family home


Licensed group home for children


Assisted living facility


Facility paid for by Medicaid


You can apply for this payment through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The amounts that Nebraska pays to couples when both spouses are receiving SSI differs from the amount above; check with DHHS for the latest supplement amounts.

Nebraska Medicaid

All SSI recipients in Nebraska automatically become eligible for Medicaid when they are approved for SSI. Because Nebraska’s Medicaid eligibility for SSI recipients is administered by Social Security, you should automatically be enrolled in Medicaid when you receive your award letter. If you have not been enrolled, contact your local Social Security office to find out why.

Nebraska Disability Lawyers

If you are requesting a reconsideration or appeal hearing, it makes sense to talk to a Social Security disability attorney about your chances of getting disability benefits and what the obstacles will be in your case. Arrange a free consultation with a Nebraska disability lawyer.

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