Last week, Social Security Administration Commissioner, Michael Astrue made a stop in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was in town to celebrate the opening of a permanent Social Security appeals hearing center which is located in downtown Fayetteville. The new center serves a 17 county region. Forty-eight employees are currently working in the new center.
In his visit, Commissioner Astrue said that the wait to appeal for disability benefits has been reduced considerably in the past four years in the Fayetteville area. Four years ago, the wait was more than 700 days. Today, as Commissioner Astrue mentioned, the wait in the area is down to under 300 days.
For more information and pictures on Commissioner Astrue’s visit to the Tar Heel state, please view this article by Andrew Barksdale of the Fayetteville Observer.
For more stats on the decision time of disability appeals across the United States, check out this blog we posted in 2009 about a special report from Delaware Online. The report has sortable stats from each hearing office nationwide and also the percentage of people who are denied benefits from the initial application. In the stats, North Carolina, at the time of the report, is one of the top states of denials with an 82% rate.