Aug 27, 2015

Maine Congressional Delegation Reacts To The Hearing Backlog

     Maine's Congressional delegation is reacting to Social Security's vast and growing hearing backlog.

3 comments:

Max Abilify said...

Not sure what the problem is at the Portland, Maine ODAR, Maine's only hearing office. But if I were a member of their Congressional delegation I still wouldn't be complaining. Their processing time is middle of the pack (#86 out of 163 offices), and with relatively low production by all of the ALJ's. They have some of the most plaintiff-oriented veteran ALJ's around. Four of the their six ALJ's are at 62%, 64%, 77% and 78% favorable. Their 'worst' ALJ is at 48% favorable -- which would top some ODAR's. Office stats are 64% favorable overall, including only a handful of partially favorables. You would think decision-writing would be a snap compared to all the denials in the 40%-45% favorable ODAR's. Maybe it's a shortage of support staff, but I think they're in good shape for the number of ALJ's.

Maybe if their Congressional delegation yells loud enough, they will recruit a few of the hard line ALJ's to transfer up north and speed up their processing time! I can think of a few for whom I would spring for a bus ticket.

Anonymous said...

also, I hate that the time for a hearing decision (which is an appeal of a denial) is quoted as the waiting time. There are LOTS of people that get benefits within 1-3 months (via a DDS determination).

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