CARES Plan to Reduce Hearing Decision Times

November 2, 2016

The Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) issued the CARES plan earlier this year, which outlined 21 initiatives to address the growing number of pending hearings and increasing wait times. According to the CARES plan, ODAR’s goal is to reach an average processing time (APT) of 270 days by the end of Fiscal Year 2020. ODAR also expects the plan will help serve as a foundation to explore potential future initiatives as the Agency continues identifying ways to better serve the public.

In Jacksonville, average processing times are closer to double that time frame.  I am hopeful that the initiatives will help reduce the wait times for decisions, as many disabled individuals in my area – and across the country – are struggling with an inability to work and the financial and emotional stress that fact brings.

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