It’s common for people who receive disability benefits to wonder whether or not they are capable of returning to work. But, many of them worry that returning to work will put them in jeopardy of losing their benefits before they’ve even decided if working is right for them. If this sounds familiar, it’s important to learn about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) work incentives.
What is the Work Incentive Program?
Adults that currently receive disability benefits are eligible to participate in the work incentive program. This program allows disabled adults to ease back into the workforce to see if they are capable of working again. During this transition, the SSA may still provide health benefits, and some participants are still eligible for cash benefits, too. This allows disabled adults to explore the possibility of reentering the workforce without worrying about losing their benefits.
What to Expect in the Work Incentive Program
The SSA offers countless work incentives that are designed to fit the unique wants and needs of disabled adults. One of the most popular incentives is the trial work period, which is available to adults who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. If you enroll in the trial work period program, the SSA will allow you to work for at least nine months while still receiving full SSDI benefits. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you earn during this nine months—the SSA will still pay your benefits.
If you are not capable of working at least nine months within a 60-month period, the SSA will assume your disability has not ended, which means it still prevents you from working. However, if you can complete nine months of work, the SSA will assume your disability has ended. At this point, the benefits will stop.
If this program does not sound right for you, there’s no need to get discouraged. The trial to work program is one of many work incentives that is offered by the SSA. It’s best to meet with a benefits counselor to learn more about the other work incentives and determine which one is right for you.
Are you unable to work as a result of a disability? If so, contact Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. as soon as possible. Our knowledgeable attorneys work closely with disabled adults to ensure they are awarded the benefits they need to survive. Call us now at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.