Slide WORK INCENTIVES Ticket to Work The Ticket to Work Incentives were put in place to help you explore work safely as you move toward self-sufficiency and independence. There are many incentives available but which ones apply to you would depend on whether you are SSI or SSDI. Your WLS-ADEN Employment Specialist is a certified Benefits Practitioner who can help you identify the best incentives for your particular case. Talk with your Employment Specialist about your case. You can also learn more about work incentives in the SSA Red Book. Trial Work Period - TWP (SSDI) The TWP starts when you begin working. With 9 months at your disposal, you can try work safely to see if it is the right move for you. You can earn as much as you want during TWP without losing your benefits check. Extended Period of Eligibility – EPE (SSDI) After TWP ends, you have a 36-month safety net in the EPE. As your income increases over the SGA* level, you will not be eligible for a benefits check. But during EPE if your income ever falls below SGA* you will be eligible to receive a check for that month. Plan for Achieving Self-Support – PASS (SSI) If you are an SSI beneficiary you many set aside income and resources to take care of specific vocational goals. These funds do not count toward the SSI resource limit. Blind Work Expenses – BWE (SSI) If you are a person who is blind and receiving SSI, there is a list of many expenses that can be used to reduce your countable income for SSI payment eligibility purposes. These include transportation, meals at work, medication, and many other expenses. Extended Medicare Coverage (SSDI) After you complete your trial work, you will continue to have Medicare coverage for at least 93 months. This includes Medicare Part A, Part B and prescription. You will not pay a premium for Part A, and depending on your circumstances you could qualify for Medicaid buy-in to cover the premium for Part B and prescriptions. Expedited Reinstatement (SSI & SSDI) If your benefits are terminated because of work, and you then you become unable to continue working due to your disability, you will be able to request expedited reinstatement of your benefits without going through a new application process. Impairment Related Work Expenses – IRWE (SSI & SSDI) SSA will deduct the cost of some items and services that are needed for you to go to work such as certain transportation costs, certain prescribed or over the counter medications that are related to your impairment, medical devices, and more. Section 1619(b) – Medicaid Continuation (SSI) In most cases, even though your earned income results in you no longer receiving your cash benefits, you may still be eligible to continued Medicaid coverage as long as you need Medicaid in order to work and your earnings are under the state “earning threshold”. Subsidy (SSI & SSDI) Will you need assistance on the job such as having a job coach or needing special conditions for you to succeed? A subsidy could be the ideal work incentive for you. Your employer would have to agree, and SSA would deduct the “value” of the subsidy from your earnings to reduce your countable income. Contact WLS Now Find Work
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Get more information about Work Incentives

The monthly Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) is a great way to get more information on work incentives and Ticket to Work.  This free virtual seminar is hosted by the Ticket program.  Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

Work Incentives for People Who Are Blind

If your disability is blindness or visual impairment, the disability payment rules and work incentives are more generous than for other disabilities.  Learn about receiving benefits as a blind or visually impaired individual through this helpful resource: Social Security Work Incentives for People who are Blind.