Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Social Security hearing delays worsen in Pennsylvania

Social Security made fewer than 508,000 decisions (including dismissals) at the ALJ hearing level in Fiscal Year 2015, while receiving more than 746,000 hearing requests. This discrepancy means that even with the level of funding the President requested and the additional staff it could support, SSA estimates that wait times for hearings will increase to 555 days in Fiscal Year 2017.  As of January, 2016, the situation was already worse in the Wilkes-Barre hearing office, which had an average processing time of 514 days, compared to 542 days in Pennsylvania and 493 days nationally.  Congress needs to provide resources to solve this crisis.  If you would like to discuss this problem, call Attorney Rattman at 570-424-6035.


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