Video Hearing (VH) Opt-Out Numbers and Rates for Hearing Requests Received
FY 2017

This dataset contains counts of hearing request receipts in the months shown and objections to appearing at the hearing by video teleconferencing (VTC) known as “opt outs”.

When hearing offices receive a request for a hearing, they send an acknowledgement notice to the claimant and any representative.  With the acknowledgement, a form is provided to the claimant/representative with the opportunity to object to appearing by VTC , or to “opt out of”  a video hearing, within 30 days of receiving the notice (or later if good cause is found).

Considering the minimum 30-day wait time, mailing time, and hearing office processing time, we wait 90 days before reporting the opt out number and percentage for any given month.  This is why the data shown in the table reflect the receipts for work months completed at least 90 days ago.  It should be noted, though that, even with the 90 day lag time, some VH opt outs may continue to be recorded for receipts in any month.  As a result, the number of VH opt outs and the percentages shown are subject to change.

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Month
Receipts
VH Opt-Outs
% Opt-Out
October 2016
52,096
17,376
33.35%
November 2016
47,868
15,429
32.23%
December 2016
59,764
19,618
32.83%
January 2017
47,168
15,442
32.74%
February 2017
46,652
15,074
32.31%
March 2017
61,553
19,727
32.05%
April 2017
47,240
15,114
31.99%
May 2017
47,569
15,315
32.20%
June 2017
57,152
18,579
32.51%
July 2017
43,754
13,998
31.99%
August 2017
49,111
16,061
32.70%
September 2017
60,237
18,669
30.99%
FY 2017
620,164
200,402
32.31%

 

Disclaimer: These data are being made publicly available for research purposes. Any findings and conclusions derived from analyses of these data are attributable to the researcher(s) and do not reflect those of the Social Security Administration.