SSA Starts Prehearing Review
In an attempt to reduce hearing times, Social Security’s offices are starting to send some cases back to state agencies for additional reviews. These cases under the “Compassionate and Responsive Services” (“CARES”) initiative will receive an additional review. If the state agency determines that the case can be approved, a fully-favorable decision will be issued. Of the 36,066 cases submitted to this program in 2017, only 8.5% of these cases were approved.