According to the Social Security Administration, a person can work when they are receiving benefits, including disability benefits. The Social Security Administration offers several options and programs, one of which is called, "Ticket to Work" that helps place people who are receiving benefits into a network to gain employment.
Ordinarily, the Social Security Administration reviews the benefits accounts of people who are receiving disability benefits. That review includes a medical review of the person to ensure that they are still disabled. If the Social Security Administration determines that a person who is receiving disability benefits is no longer disabled, they may stop the benefits.
However, under the Ticket To Work program, the Social Security Administration says that it will not review a medical condition so long as the person receiving benefits meets certain requirements and gives their ticket to an employment network or state vocational rehabilitation agency. The Social Security Administration notes on their website that the disabled persons will be sent the requirements if they apply to participate in the program.
Participation in the Ticket To Work program is voluntary.
The Ticket To Work program includes a trial work period, which allows people to test their ability to work for at least nine months. Generally speaking, a trial work period is any period in which a person earns $640 or more, or spends 80 or more hours in their own business.
The Social Security Administration also provides that the period of work can be extended for up to 36 months, during which time the person who is receiving benefits will continue to receive the disability benefits so long as earnings are not "substantial". The rules for what constitutes "substantial" income change from time to time, and in 2007, they were $900 or more. The limits change frequently, so be sure to ask Attorney Peter Waltz for information regarding your benefits and your earnings.
After the trial period and the extended period, benefits will stop if your earnings are substantial. You then have five years in which you may ask the Social Security Administration to start your benefits immediately if you unable to work because of your medical condition.
If your benefits stop because of substantial income, the Social Security Administration provides a method through which you can buy coverage.
Supplemental Security Income, on the other hand, are benefits paid to people with little or no income. Where disability benefits will continue even if you are earning money during your trial period or extended period, supplemental income benefits will likely stop. Supplemental Security Income is income-based, so earnings from work will likely disqualify the recipient from receiving benefits. The limits for Supplemental Security Income differ in each state, so they can be very different for people who reside in Wisconsin, and those who reside in Minnesota.
Note: your medicaid coverage is separate from your benefits coverage, so you may be able to continue medicaid coverage even if your supplemental or disability income stops, however you should speak with Attorney Waltz regarding these matters because the rules change and they differ in each state.
Social Security Retirement Benefits & Work
Different rules apply to Supplemental Security income, Social Security Disability income, Social Security retirement benefits, and to people outside of the United States with regard to work. Generally, if you are collection retirement benefits, you can earn any amount without it affecting your benefits. However, earnings by persons who are receiving SSI or SSDI will be affected if they earn more than the limit provided by law. That limit changes, so it is best to ask Attorney Waltz any questions you may have about earnings.
Attorney Peter Waltz is a Wisconsin lawyer who practices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has decades of experience in helping people obtain disability and supplemental benefits. If you need assistance because you have been denied, please contact Peter Waltz right away.
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