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*** For Appeals Submitted After July 15, 2013 ***

Due to the overwhelming number of receipts and the existing workload within the Agency, OMHA implemented a program that defers the assignment of most requests for hearing received after July 15, 2013.  Under this new docketing process, new requests for hearing will be entered into our case processing system, then held until they can be accommodated on an Administrative Law Judge's docket for adjudication.  Due to the volume of requests that we are receiving, there are significant delays in assigning requests at this time.  When your request is assigned to an Administrative Law Judge, we will send you a Notice of Assignment.  Based on our current workload and volume of new requests, we anticipate that assignment of your request for hearing to an Administrative Law Judge may be delayed for up to 28 months.

Please note that we will continue to process Part D prescription drug denial cases that qualify for expedited status within 10 days and will screen all incoming requests to ensure Medicare beneficiary issues are prioritized given that they often present emergent circumstances that must be promptly addressed.