26th January 2016

Appeals Council Remand Rate Plunges

Every claimant who is denied at hearing by an ALJ has the right to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, which is a basic safeguard of every claimant’s due process rights. Unfortunately, data released by the Social Security Administration reveals that the number of successful appeals has plummeted over the past five years:

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Percentage of claimsoverturned on appeal 21.77% 21.19% 18.62% 17.11% 14.34% 13.58%


As shown in the above chart, in 2010 the Appeals Council overturned (or “remanded”) 21.77 percent of the claims that it reviewed. The remand rate then steadily declined over the next five years, with 2015 seeing only 13.58 percent of claims remanded. That equals more than an 8 percent drop in remands over that period, affecting tens of thousands of claimants who in prior years would have likely had their cases overturned.

The above decline in remands is consistent with the ALJ allowance rate at hearing, which during the same period has fallen from 63 percent in 2009 to 45 percent in 2014. When considered in conjunction with one another, fewer approvals at hearing and an ever falling remand rate represent troubling trends for disability claimants.


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