Ticket To Work

Working While Getting SSD Benefits Made Easy

by Staff | November 25th, 2015

One of the qualifications for receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is that your condition must last longer than a year. Just because you’ve been sick or injured through a full calendar doesn’t mean you can never return to work.

Many SSD recipients fear that if they return to work, they will lose their benefits. The team of attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to tell you that simply isn’t the case.

Working while getting SSD benefits can actually be quite simple and we can give you the details you need about getting back into the workforce after you recover from a disabling condition.

The Social Security Administration provides several programs, such as Ticket To Work, that aim to provide training and education for disabled Americans looking to rejoin the workforce. Furthermore, SSD recipients can continue to receive their benefits for up to nine months after returning to work. This allows the worker to make sure they are fully capable of performing their duties.

After the nine month period, disabled workers can still receive their benefits for another three years during months where their earnings aren’t considered “substantial.”

Even if you’re earnings are “substantial,” you still have five years to ask for a reinstatement of your benefits if you’re unable to continue performing your job duties due to your disability.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope this information helps you in your journey to rejoining the workforce.

Disabled Americans and the Ticket to Work Program

by Staff | August 20th, 2014

The goal of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability benefits program isn’t just support Americans who can’t work, but to also to help disabled people return to work. That’s why the SSA created the Ticket to Work program 15 years ago. Unfortunately, records indicate the program may be not be living up to its goals.

Ticket to Work was created in 1999 as a way to get disabled workers the training, education, and resources they need to reenter the workforce. However, the Washington Examiner states that data from SSA shows a mere 1 percent of disabled citizens eligible to participate in Ticket to Work are taking advantage of the program.

This has led to the number of individuals receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to swell. Today, the number of Americans receiving SSD benefits exceeds the population of Sweden.

The reason for the failure of the Ticket to Work program seems to be lack of understanding about the program and its benefits. Beneficiaries seem to fear losing an income resource and health insurance coverage if they enter the program. But that’s not often the case.

Ticket to Work allows disabled Americans to reenter the workforce while continuing to receive benefits and insurance coverage for a period of time.

If you have any questions about SSD or the Ticket to Work program, speak with a Social Security Disability Attorney today. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our attorneys are standing by to answer your questions about benefits. Call us at (800) 477-7315 today.

Getting Back to Work After a Disability

by Staff | August 8th, 2014

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits offer financial assistance to people unable to work due to disabilities, but the ultimate goal of the program is to get disabled Americans back into the workforce. But the odds of a disabled worker landing a job are slim, with some estimates showing the disabled are twice as likely to be unemployed compared to those without disabilities.

Luckily, there are programs available to help SSD recipients find work. Ticket To Work, for example, is available to all SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. The program offers personalized training, job placement, counseling, and other services to those who participate.

Several facets of the Ticket To Work program were recently discussed in a report from 9 News. One of those interesting areas was the Work From Home program that allows those with limited mobility and other disabilities to perform duties such as answering calls, taking order placements, or offering customer service via telephone without leaving the comforts of home.

The programs currently have openings, so anyone who wishes to go back to work without losing their benefits should consider applying.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know the decision to go back to work can be a difficult choice, and we point out that speaking with a Social Security Disability Lawyer about your situation before making such a decision can help protect your best interests.

When Will Social Security Disability Benefits End?

by Staff | July 2nd, 2014

The Social Security Disability program in the United States offers financial assistance to millions of Americans who are unable to work. One of the most common questions to arise about these benefits is, “When will my benefits end?”

Once a citizen is approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits, they will receive payments until their condition improves and they are able to return to their normal job duties. There are several exceptions to this rule, however, that must be kept in mind.

If an individual is receiving Social Security Disability but then reaches the normal retirement age of 66-years-old before being able to return to work, they will continue to receive payments. The only difference is that the payments that were once for disability will be rolled into normal Social Security payments that are received upon retirement.

It is commonly believed by Social Security recipients that when this rollover occurs, their payments may be lowered. A video from Daily Finance explains this is typically not the case, as disability benefit payment amounts should carry into a person’s retirement plan as well.

Another exception to the rule is if the Social Security Administration determines an individual has provided false information regarding their condition, income, or housing situation. In this case, payments may cease immediately.

Even if one returns to work, disability payments will not stop as part of the Ticket to Work program.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the complexities of the Social Security program and are here to answer any questions you may have. Just give us a call at (866) 684-7216 or fill out a free online consultation form on our website to discuss your situation.

Those Suffering From Intellectual Disabilities Struggle to Gain Employment

by Staff | May 9th, 2014

An estimated 2.5 million Americans today are living with intellectual disabilities. While some of these individuals receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits because of their condition, others strive to rejoin the workforce. But stigmas held by employers can make it hard for many to find work.

Mary Niland, the president and CEO of Witco, an organization dedicated to helping those with intellectual disabilities find gainful employment, believes many employers question the skills and abilities of applicants with intellectual disabilities. The perception a disabled worker will not be able to perform their job duties leaves many in this particular demographic without work.

An article from The Arbiter explains Boise State University has hired people with intellectual disabilities for certain positions to great success. Ivan Lybarger, the campus’ environment operations manager, says he gets fewer calls to the service desk today because his team is caught up on work, which is directly attributed to his team members with intellectual disabilities.

If you or someone you love have struggled to find employment due to your intellectual disability, the Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain there are programs to help. Services such as Ticket To Work and organizations like Witco are available to get the education, training, and support needed to find gainful employment.

Ticket To Work Program Helps Disabled Americans Find Financial Freedom

by Staff | May 5th, 2014

The goal of the Social Security Disability program is to provide disabled workers with the income they need to support themselves and their families while they cannot work. One way the Social Security Administration is achieving this goal is through their Ticket To Work program.

The program is available to anyone between the ages of 18- and 64-years-old and receives disability benefits. Those who participate in the program are eligible to receive vocational training and rehabilitation, as well as contacts in a network of employers who can help find suitable work.

The Daily Herald recently reported one success story from the Ticket To Work program. The piece explained a man was working 60 hours per week as part of his duties in three different positions. But he became morbidly obese over time, which led to numerous health conditions that prevented him from working.

He was granted Social Security Disability benefits. During his time receiving those benefits, he lost hundreds of pounds and continued his education. When he was ruled as able to work again, the Social Security Administration’s team was able to help him find employment.

The man’s main concern, like many other disability recipients, was that he would lose his disability benefits when he began to work. This is often a myth, as the program is designed to slowly reintroduce disabled workers back into the workforce by not cutting off benefits immediately.

The Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that considering participation in the Ticket To Work program can raise many questions for disability recipients. So, call us today to discuss your concerns if you need assistance with a disability claim.

Ticket to Work Program Offers Financial Freedom to Disabled Americans

by Staff | March 31st, 2014

March 31, 2014

When a person is unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, Social Security Disability benefits can offer financial assistance to the claimant. And for many, they can receive benefits while reentering the workforce through the Ticket To Work Program.

The program is offered free of charge to recipients of Social Security Disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Ticket To Work offers these individuals vocational rehabilitation, employment services, and work referrals to help them begin working again.

The program is meant to be a bridge between independence and reliance on federal benefits, which is why anyone who enters the program is allowed to continue receive benefits until they are deemed no longer disabled by the Social Security Administration.

An article from Scoop San Diego told of one person’s success through the Ticket To Work program.

The team of Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the impact a decision to enter the Ticket To Work program can have on a person’s life, and they are here to help answer any questions you may have if you are considering entering the program.

Ticket To Work Program Focuses On Social Security Disability Beneficiaries

by Staff | June 21st, 2013

June 19, 2013

With the number of citizens filing Social Security Disability Claims skyrocketing and funding for such programs slowly beginning to run out, it is vital that solutions to sustainability of the program be found. One way the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking to cut its costs is by getting those who receive Social Security Disability benefits back to work.

The SSA has launched a program called “Ticket To Work” that focuses on getting the disabled who are capable of performing certain duties back into the workforce. These individuals are able to continue collecting their disability benefits for a certain amount of time, while also collecting a paycheck.

The goal of the program is to offer the disabled more choices for returning to work, while increasing financial independence and reducing an individual’s need for government assistance.

The program is free for anyone who is between the ages of 18- and 64-years-old who currently receive Social Security Disability benefits. Those who wish to participate need only sign up to do so with an approved service provider. If the work assignment is accepted by the Employment Network or State Vocational Rehabilitation agency, they will then coordinate and supply the services needed to get an individual back in the workforce, such as training, counseling, and other support services.

The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage those who receive Social Security Disability benefits to consider participating in the program.