In order to be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in St. Louis, MO, you must substantiate a claim for total disability with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Under the SSA’s guidelines, you must have been unable to work for a year or longer due to long-term or permanently disabling condition.
The application process for St. Louis disability benefits is complex. It can also take several months and the majority of applicants (about 55%) are denied benefits initially and must request a second review and an appeal. The second review is completed by the SSA, while the appeal is heard by an administrative law judge. The average wait time between the initial filing of an application for St. Louis disability benefits and the final determination is about 15 months.
There are three ways to apply for SSD in St. Louis. You can call the main SSA phone line for help, at (800)772-1213, schedule an appointment with your local Missouri Social Security office, or complete your application online, here. If you need help finding your local SSA field office, call the number above or visit the Social Security Office Locator webpage, here.
St. Louis Health Resources
The local St. Louis office of the SSA where you turn in or mail your application will review your file for completeness. It will then be sent on to the Disability Determination Services office, where all the medical documentation will be reviewed. In order to receive benefits, you’ll need to show you’ve received ongoing medical treatment for the health problems causing your disability. Paying for healthcare with limited financial resources is a big challenge. Here are a few St. Louis disability resources for low cost and free healthcare providers.
1610 Olive St,
St. Louis, MO 63103-2316
Grace Hill at St. Patrick Health Services
800 N Tucker Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63101-1000
Grace Hill at Murphy O’Fallon Health
1717 Biddle St,
St. Louis, MO 63106-3454
Soulard Benton Health Center
2220 Lemp Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63104-2700
Water Tower Health Center
4414 N Florissant Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63107-1812
Homer G. Phillips Health Center
2425 Whittier St,
St. Louis, MO 63113-2950
Grace Hill South
3934 S Broadway,
St. Louis, MO 63118-4626
3646 Fairview Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63116-4747
St. Louis Mental Health Resources
Some applicants for St. Louis disability benefits have a mental or psychological condition which prevents them from working. Others have such conditions that contribute to their physical disability. If you fall into either of these groups, you’ll need to support your claim for disability benefits with supporting documentation that shows you’ve received ongoing treatment. Here are some of the St. Louis disability resources for free and low cost mental health programs.
1430 Olive St, Ste 500
St. Louis, MO 63103-2377
4219 Laclede Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63108
Places for People
4130 Lindell Blvd,
St. Louis, MO 63108
For additional resources, contact the Missouri Department of Mental Health at (573)751-4122, or visit their website, here.
St. Louis Supplemental Security Benefits
Individuals who are found eligible for SSD in St. Louis may also be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as Medicare and/or Medicaid. SSI helps pay for residential care and other daily needs, while Medicare and Medicaid cover medical costs. To learn more about applying for SSI, contact the St. Louis SSA office at:
Social Security Administration
717 N 16th St, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63103
To learn more about Medicaid and Medicare, contact:
Missouri Department of Social Services
St Louis, MO 63103-2926
Your St. Louis Social Security Disability Claim
There’s no guarantee of receiving disability benefits even with a well-documented case file; however, a St. Louis Social Security attorney can increase your chances. When disabled, you have limited income and may be worried about how you’ll pay for legal help. Hiring a St. Louis Social Security lawyer comes with no upfront fees. St. Louis disability attorneys are only paid if you receive benefits, and even then, they receive just 25% (usually about $6,000) of the retroactive benefits you’re issued.
For a free Social Security Disability case review and evaluation contact a qualified St. Louis Social Security attorney.