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OMHA Operating Status - ALERT!

Due to the lapse in appropriations, OMHA will be operating at a reduced staffing level. OMHA Administrative Law Judges, their immediate staffs, and a small cadre of Field Office administrative staff will ensure the health and safety of Medicare beneficiaries by continuing to process cases and conducting telephone hearings. If you have scheduled telephone hearings, we expect the hearings to be unaffected, and new hearings will continue to be scheduled. However, OMHA will not be able to provide video-teleconference (VTC) hearings until normal operations resume, and there may be delays in issuing decisions and attending to other requests due to the reduced administrative staff levels. OMHA Central Operations will continue processing incoming requests for hearing.

The OMHA Office of the Chief Judge will operate with a few essential personnel and consequently, will only be able to address the most urgent issues until normal operations resume. OMHA administrative staff and all but essential managers will not be available after our orderly shutdown is complete (12:00 p.m., October 1, 2013).

If you need immediate assistance regarding a pending request for an Administrative Law Judge Hearing, please call the Administrative Law Judge's staff at their contact number. If you need immediate assistance regarding other urgent matters, a voicemail message can be left for the Office of the Chief Judge at (703) 235-0635; your call will be returned as staffing permits.

Thank you for your patience during this time.