If you get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has work incentives programs that can help you return to work. These work incentives include:
- Continued cash benefits for a period of time while you work;
- Continued Medicare or Medicaid for a period of time while you work;
- Help with education, training and vocational rehabilitation to start a new line of work; and
- Social Security’s Plan to Achieving Self-Support (PASS), which people receiving SSI can use to set aside money while still receiving benefits, to get job training or start a small business.
During the trial work period, you can test your ability to work while still receiving your full Social Security benefits for at least nine months. If you are able to work after this time period, your benefits will eventually stop.
You may also want to register for a free Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar. WISE webinars are online events for people who receive Social Security disability benefits and are thinking about going back to work.
SSA’s Ticket to Work program helps people who receive SSDI or SSI return to work, or begin working if they have never done so. Anyone ages 18 to 64 who receives SSDI or SSI benefits because of his or her disability is eligible to participate. For more information about the Ticket to Work program, call the 1-866-968-7842 (TTY: 1-866-833-2967) Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern Time, or search for help in your state on the ChooseWork website.
- Disability.Blog Career Connection Series: A Closer Look at the Ticket to Work Program
- Disabiltity.Blog Career Connection Series: I Am Getting Social Security Disability Benefits and Want to Work. How Do I Get Started?
- SSA YouTube Video about the Ticket to Work Program
- The Red Book – A Guide to Work Incentives