On SSA Disability? Want to Work? Check Out the Ticket to Work Program.
Ask anyone who suffers a disability in Massachusetts and just about every person will tell you the same thing: “I just wish I could be more self-sufficient.” Despite the negative press coverage of the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability program in the United States, those who obtain benefits through fraud represent the vast minority.
Most people want to be productive and are happier when they are. And let’s face it, a good job brings in much more money than most benefits can offer. With these factors in mind, the Ticket to Work Program was designed.
What Is the Ticket to Work Program?
If you are currently receiving SSA disability benefits but want to try to work, the SSA created a special program in 1999 that might help you. It was named the “Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program,” also known as the “Ticket Program.”
Over the years, this program has evolved and changed, with the most recent revisions taking place in 2008, but the basic goal is the same: to help disabled Americans return to the workforce without jeopardizing their financial footing.
What Can the Ticket to Work Program Do for Me?
The Ticket Program includes the following features:
- According to the SSA, “The Ticket to Work program can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, save more money, and become financially independent, all while they keep their health coverage.”
- Everyone receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, qualifies for the Ticket Program.
- The program is not for everyone, but for some, going to work can improve their standard of living.
- Ticket to Work provides help from two types of providers: an employment network (EN) and your state vocational rehabilitation agency. If you are accepted, these providers offer career development services and free employment support services.
- The Ticket Program allows you to keep your benefits while you look for work, get vocational rehabilitation, or get experience on the job.
- Your disability benefits continue until you reach a certain level of income, referred to as “Substantial Gainful Activity.”
Maybe you are not ready for a program like this. In that case, you at least know that it exists if you ever decide to pursue it. As New England disability specialists, we at Keefe Disability Law know that you went through a long process to get your benefits and that you do not want to lose them. If you have any questions about New England SSA disability, please call us toll free at 888-904-6847.