Maybe you receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. But your disability has gotten better or you have learned to work around any restrictions. Now, you really want to get back to work but you don’t know where to start. It’s also a little scary to think about losing your benefits. The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program may give you the boost you need.
A Way Back to Work
The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages two benefit programs aimed at disabled people: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These programs offer monthly benefit payments and other services to people who are unable to work due to a disability.
The Ticket to Work program assists people who receive SSDI, SSI, and/or both. However, participation in Ticket to Work is both voluntary and free.
But how can this program help disabled workers return to work?
Services Offered by Ticket to Work
When attempting to reenter the workforce, an individual might need counseling, rehabilitation, retraining, and job placement assistance. Ticket to Work offers all these services and more. In fact, disabled workers may return to their former career or train for a new career in their quest for financial independence.
Another benefit? Participants get to keep their Medicare or Medicaid coverage. Monthly benefits typically continue to give you time to adjust to your new work.
Ticket to Work Eligibility
If you are interested in taking advantage of this significant benefit, keep in mind the following requirements:
- SSDI/SSI. You must be receiving either SSDI or SSI or both.
- Age. You must be between ages 18 through 64.
- Ability. You must be physically or mentally able to return to work despite your disabling condition.
If you currently receive SSDI and/or SSI disability benefits, check out Ticket to Work. Their website contains more information about the program and details on how to get started.
Need Help Applying for Benefits?
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ legal experience, much of it involving Social Security Disability Insurance claims. They can help you with your application and any appeals that might be needed.
Call us at 714-385-8100 for a free consultation. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.