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1 Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program Helping You Today, So You Succeed Tomorrow

2 Outline Why you should work and common concerns DRNs Benefits Counseling Program Disability Benefit Programs Work Incentives for SSI, SSDI, and both Ticket to Work Program Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), SSA, and Other Resources

3 Why should you work? Earn more income Gain independence Learn new skills Meet new people

4 Common Concerns Will I lose my benefits? What if I have to stop working? How do I get the skills and experience I need?

5 Common Concerns Change scares people, such as starting a new vocational program or a new job. Allowing SSI checks to be reduced, or jeopardizing SSDI entitlement by getting a paying job is scary. Creating an overpayment that has to be paid back is really scary. Sure these things are scary, but a lot less scary when you know some basic program rules!

6 DRNs Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program (WIPA) X 309

7 Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program ( WIPA) WIPA promotes Self-Sufficiency WIPA assist beneficiaries in making informed choices about work AND our services are FREE! WIPA staff: Are trained to provide information about SSA Work Incentives and some Other Federal Benefits Can answer questions about how work will affect your benefits Can help you find the resources or services to achieve your work goals Host Benefits Literacy seminars

8 How Benefits Counseling Program can help Benefits Counseling (initial, interim, and long-term) Answering questions Written Summary and Analysis Benefits Literacy seminars

9 Disability Benefit Programs Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program based on needs Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Insurance program through prior work Both SSI and SSDI = Concurrent benefits

10 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Needs Based Program Individual Federal Benefit Rate: $ State Supplement: Total Benefit: $ Couple Federal Benefit Rate: $ State Supplement: Total Benefit: $ Health Insurance: Medicaid

11 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Received due to a work history Either from your own work history, or A parents work history, or A spouses work history Amount a person receives can vary from person to person Health Insurance: Medicare 24 month waiting period from date of eligibility

12 Reporting Income YOU are responsible for reporting your earnings to the Social Security Administration and any other agency from whom you receive benefits such as the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the County Assistance Office.

13 Work Incentives… Have many advantages and provide you with a safety net so you can: Try different jobs Start a career Gain confidence Receive training for new skills Build upon your existing skills Pursue your education

14 Work Incentives for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients

15 SSI Example: Mandy Goes to Work Mandys only income is her monthly SSI payment of $710. Shes considering a job that will pay her gross wages of $985/month, but shes worried about what effect her wages will have upon her SSI. What can we tell Mandy? Show her how SSA figures her monthly SSI payment Tell her about Work Incentives for SSI beneficiaries Tell her about the Ticket to Work Program

16 Whats Going to Happen to Mandys SSI If She Goes to Work? Lets do the math… Step 1: Figuring the Total Countable Income Gross Earned Income minus the General Income Exclusion ($20) and minus the Earned Income Exclusion ($65), then divided by 2 $985 - $85 = $900 $900/2 = $450 Step 2: Figuring the Adjusted SSI Payment Base SSI Rate minus the Total Countable Income $710 - $450 = $260 Step 3: Figuring the Total Financial Outcome Gross Earned Income plus Adjusted SSI Payment $985 + $260 = $1245

17 What Happens If My Earnings Are So High That My SSI Stops? If your earnings are so high that your SSI payments stop: 1619(b) allows Medicaid coverage even after earnings become too high for an SSI payment Medicaid continues until you earn above a state threshold amount (For 2013, $34,917) If your Medicaid expenditures are greater than average, you can ask for an individual threshold amount Benefits can start again if you stop working or your earnings decrease.

18 Work Incentives for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries Earned Income Exclusion (EIE) Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS) Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE)

19 Work Incentives for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Beneficiaries

20 Trial Work Period (TWP) The TWP amount for 2013 is $750. The Trial Work Period allows you to test your ability to work for at least nine non-consecutive months AND continue to receive benefits.

21 Extended Period of Eligibility Begins the month after your TWP ends (even if you are not working that month) and runs for 36 consecutive months. The value of your work effort is compared to Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). SGA for 2013 is $1040 for non-blind persons and $1,740 for blind persons. Any month that your countable earnings or work activities are below the SGA level, you will get benefits. Any month that your countable earnings or work activities are above the SGA level, your benefits will be suspended. Other work incentives can be applied to reduce countable earnings during the EPE.

22 Work Incentives for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Beneficiaries Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE) Unsuccessful Work Attempt (UWA) Subsidy and Special Conditions Unincurred Business Expenses

23 Cessation and Grace Months The Cessation and Grace period starts the first month that your work is above SGA and continues for a total of three months. This may occur during or after the EPE. You will still be entitled to your benefit check during this 3-month period.

24 Expedited Reinstatement After the benefits end, you have an additional five years to be reinstated if work stops and there is no medical improvement.

25 Continuation of Medicare Coverage (SSDI eligible) Most persons with disabilities who work will have the assurance of Medicare coverage for at least 93 consecutive months after the 9-month Trial Work Period. 93 months = 7 years and 9 months Hospital Insurance (Part A); Supplemental Medical Insurance (Part B), if enrolled; and Prescription Drug coverage (Part D), if enrolled.

26 Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) Eligibility Be of working age (16-64), Be employed and receiving compensation, Have an SSA-defined disability, Have countable income below 250% of the federal poverty level, and Have $10,000 or less in countable resources. Cost Premiums are 5% of your countable monthly income. Where to apply Online at Call your local County Assistance Office (CAO)

27 If you get both SSI & SSDI All of the work incentives apply to you Talk to a Benefits Counselor from DRNs WIPA Program!

28 The Ticket to Work Program

29 What is a Ticket to Work? A ticket you can use to get free employment services. Contact the Ticket Call Center at regarding any questions about your Ticket.

30 The Ticket to Work program Participation is FREE and VOLUNTARYthere are no penalties if you choose not to participate The goal is for beneficiaries to show timely progress toward coming off benefits Employment Network agencies are available to assist you. You and the agency develop a work plan with steps to follow.

31 Examples of Services Skills testing Interest testing Resume preparation Interviewing skills training Job search & placement services Work Incentives counseling Job Coaching or other ongoing services

32 WIPA Benefits Counseling Employment Network (EN) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency State Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) Area Work Incentives Coordinator (AWIC) Work Incentives Liaison (WIL) Other Resources Your Social Security employment & support team can help you get the skills and experience you need.

33 Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security PABSS assists beneficiaries by: Advocating for workplace accommodations Advocating for vocational services from Employment Networks or state Vocational Rehabilitation Providing information, referral and advocacy around benefits Assisting beneficiaries to remove barriers to work

34 Area Work Incentives Coordinator (AWIC) AWICs are experienced employment support experts who: Coordinate and/or conduct public outreach on work incentives in their local areas; Provide and/or coordinate and oversee training on SSAs employment support programs for all personnel at local Social Security offices; Handle sensitive or high profile disability work-issue cases, if necessary; and Monitor the disability work-issue workloads in their areas. Information on how to contact your local AWIC is available at

35 Social Securitys Red Book A Summary Guide To Employment Supports For Persons With Disabilities Under The Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs Phone: Fax at (410) Online:

36 Where to Get More Information DRNs WIPA: X 309 Find Employment Networks: Ticket Call Center: (voice) or (TDD) Social Security Administration: AWIC: or (x22807) PABSS through Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania: X 400

37 What are your questions?

38 Suggestions for Us Thank you for attending this presentation. Our program highly values your support. Please take time to answer our questions and let us know how our services could be more effective.

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