Social Security Disability in Bakersfield

Receiving Disability Insurance in Bakersfield

Are you disabled and unable to work? Is your disability expected to last for at least 12 continuous months? Social Security Disability Insurance, a federal program, is offered to Bakersfield workers who are disabled, have worked jobs “covered” by Social Security and who have paid enough in payroll taxes to be considered “insured”.

Workers may be considered disabled if they have a severe mental or physical health condition which will not allow them to work for at least 12 continuous months. Bakersfield SSDI claimants may also receive Medicare coverage 24 months after the onset date of disability. Family members of a SSDI recipient including: widows, widowers, spouses and children may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance in Bakersfield under certain conditions.

What if you have not worked or paid enough payroll taxes to be considered insured? The Federal Government also offers another wage assistance program entitled Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Supplemental Security Income in Bakersfield may be offered to claimants if the Social Security Administration decides they are disabled, blind, or aged (65 years or older), and their resources and income are below the levels allowed by the SSA. Medicaid may also be offered to Bakersfield SSI claimants (in most states) at the time of approval.

To apply for Social Security Disability Benefits in Bakersfield or the surrounding cities of: Oildale, Lamont, Wasco, Taft, Delano, Corcoran, California City, Exeter, Farmersville or Arvin, a claimant can do any of the following:

  • Call the Social Security Administration’s Office at 1-800-772-1213
  • Visit them online at
  • Make an appointment to meet with a Bakersfield Social Security Administration Office representative. To locate the nearest office in your area go to the website and find the office locator page. Enter your zip code and the nearest Social Security Regional Office in your area will be listed.

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) Office files all reconsiderations, schedules hearings and handles all Appeal Council reviews. The ODAR office for the San Francisco Region services residents in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada along with the territories of American Samoa, Guam and Saipan. The address is listed below:

Social Security Administration
Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR)
5th Floor
555 Battery Street
San Francisco, California 94111

Telephone: (866) 964- 7584
Fax: (415) 705-2020

Fresno Office of Adjudication and Review (ODAR) Offices (This office services Bakersfield)

Each request for a Social Security Disability hearing is processed by one of the Social Security Administration’s 21 hearing offices. The Fresno ODAR office services the residents of Bakersfield and their address and phone number are listed below:

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
2440 Tulare Street, Suite 300
Fresno, California 93721
Telephone: (866)-596-7568
Fax: (559) 443-1281

The Fresno ODAR office services the Social Security Field Offices in the following California cities: Bakersfield, Bakersfield East Hills, Delano, Fresno, Hanford, Madera, Merced, Porterville, Southeast Fresno, Visalia and West Fresno. This office also services the following cities in Nebraska: Grand Island and North Platte.

Completed Social Security Disability Benefits applications are sent to the appropriate Division of Disability Determination Service Office for a disability review and determination. It may take up to 90 days for claimants to receive approval or denial for their disability application. A few of the DDS offices which service California are listed below:

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 6118
Covina, CA 91722-6118
Telephone: 626-732-8100

Disability Determination Services
P.O. Box 28931
Fresno, CA 93729-9835
Telephone: 559-440-5000

Disability Evaluations Division
Sierra Branch
P.O. Box 28937-8937
Fresno, California 93720
Telephone: 559-440-5200

According to the Social Security Administration, the SSA Field Offices perform a full range of services. Claimants may apply for SSDI or SSI, replace their Social Security cards, make changes to their benefits information or the SSA will help Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources apply for extra help with the cost of their prescription drugs under the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program. There are over 100 Social Security Administration Field Offices in the State of California. A few of them are listed below:

Social Security Administration
5300 Office Park Drive
Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Telephone: 661-861-4242

Social Security Administration
2234 Girard St
Building C
Delano, CA 93215
Telephone: 661-725-3721

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