One of the best ways to get good information about Social Security benefits and work is to call the Ticket to Work Help Line. The Help Line provides general information about the Ticket to Work Program, the WIPA program, and how work affects Social Security benefits. The Help Line also provides an intermediary service to screen and refine referrals to the WIPA projects. The purpose is to identify the individuals who NEED individualized WIPA services and to facilitate and encourage the connection.
Ticket to Work Help Line: 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
Lines are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. EST.
Another resource: www.choosework.ssa.gov
There are many myths floating around about work and benefits that create widespread fear about going back to work. These myths are based on incorrect information. MD-WIN wants to spread the truth about how employment affects Social Security disability benefits and associated medical insurance. Here are some truths:
- Paid employment and Social Security disability benefits don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
- It’s possible to work (even full-time) and keep Medicaid and/or Medicare in almost every case.
- It’s possible to work and come out ahead financially even if benefits are reduced or ceased.
- It’s possible to get benefits back again if lost due to employment.
MD-WIN believes in the power of work! If you are a person (aged 14-not yet full retirement ages) with a disability receiving SSI or SSDI and need support in understanding work incentives and how work affects benefits, give us a call: 240-638-0071, or learn more at www.innow.org/md-win.
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