Since Social Security's changed its regulations to require claimants to make a decision on whether to accept a video hearing shortly after asking for a hearing -- and long before the hearing is actually scheduled -- I've heard from a number of attorneys in North Carolina who tell me that they are now routinely refusing video hearings. I've heard from many of my clients who have received these notices who tell me that they want to refuse a video hearing. If attorneys and claimants are behaving the same in other states as they appear to me to be doing in North Carolina this change will dramatically cut the number of video hearings. There is some evidence that this is going on nationally.
What are you seeing where you are? Are there any national numbers yet? Has Social Security management started coming to grips with the possibility that these new regulations will have the exact opposite effect of what was intended?