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317:2-1-2.5. Expedited appeals

Revised 9-1-21

(a) An Appellant may request an expedited hearing, if the time otherwise permitted for a hearing as described in Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:2-1-2(b)(8) could jeopardize the Appellant's life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function.  Any request for expedited consideration should be made to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), with a copy to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) Legal division and shall be ruled upon within three (3) working days of the date of the request. The request shall specify the reason for the appeal and the specific basis for the Appellant's assertion that a delay will jeopardize the Appellant's life or health.

(b) If the ALJ determines that an expedited hearing is warranted, he or she shall:

(1) Schedule the matter for hearing pursuant to OAC 317:2-1-5.  Telephonic hearings may be scheduled as appropriate under the particular facts of the case; and

(2) Issue a preliminary or final decision as expeditiously as possible, but no later than three (3) working days the close of the expedited hearing.

(c) If the ALJ determines that the request does not meet the criteria for expedited consideration, he or she shall:

(1) Schedule the appeal for hearing within the ordinary timeframe, in accordance with OAC 317:2-1-2(b)(8); and

(2) Notify the Appellant of the denial orally or through a written notice as described in OAC 317:35-5-66. If oral notification is provided, the ALJ shall issue a written notification within three (3) calendar days of the denial.

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