Working while Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

You don’t have to give up your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to reenter the workforce. With work incentives provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you may be eligible to test your ability to work while continuing to receive SSD benefits and Medicare coverage.

The decision to return to work while receiving SSD benefits is never easy, but you don’t have to face it alone. Whether you’re applying for benefits, appealing your claim, or already receiving benefits, the national Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can provide the information you need to help protect your best interests.

Obtaining a Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work program from the SSA can help you get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment services free of charge. Ticket to Work is voluntary and offers these services through private employment networks and state agencies.

If you choose to contact an employment network or vocational rehabilitation agency, they will help you find a job and provide employment services at no cost by using a ticket provided to you by Ticket to Work. You can choose which employment network you want to work with. If the state determines that you are eligible to work with that network, you will sign a plan with the vocational rehabilitation agency and start on the road back to work.

SSD Work Incentives Protect Your Benefits

SSD benefits are intended to support disabled workers when disabilities prevent them from earning a certain dollar amount per month, known as substantial gainful activity (SGA). But SSA work incentives allow you to begin working while protecting your SSD benefits.

The SSA’s trial work period allows you to receive full benefits while earning more than the SGA amount for up to nine months during any five-year span. If you continue working beyond your trial work period, you can receive benefits for any months where you earn less than the SGA limit during the extended period of eligibility for up to 36 months.

If you lose your job during your trial work period or extended eligibility period, you can continue to receive or restart your SSD benefits. And if your benefits stop because you continue to work and make more than the SGA limit, the SSA will reinstate them if the same disability prevents you from working again in the next five years.

We Can Help Protect Your Benefits

If you have questions about working while receiving SSD benefits, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can provide answers. With national Social Security Disability lawyers based across the United States, we’re here for you—no matter where you live. So don’t wait, contact us for a free case consultation.


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