You will get a letter from the Human Services Board (HSB) after you request your fair hearing. The fair hearing is usually a phone conference call. The letter from the HSB will tell you when the hearing will be and what phone number to call. It will likely be scheduled –two to three weeks after you get the letter. Call the HSB at 802-828-2536 if you don’t get a letter or can’t call on that date.
When the fair hearing happens, you will be on a conference call with the hearing officer and the Assistant Attorney General (AAG). The call will be recorded. During the call you will be able to argue your side of the case. Focus on convincing the hearing officer that you are right. The hearing officer will tell the Human Services Board if it should change the original decision.
The AAG is a lawyer for the state. The AAG will tell the hearing officer that you are wrong and the state is right. Don’t let this worry you! You can still win.
The AAG and the hearing officer will ask you and your witnesses questions. If you don’t understand something, tell them. You can also ask questions. If you don’t understand what is happening, ask the hearing officer. Ask what information or proof you could get that would make the hearing officer agree with you.