People receiving Social Security disability benefits often have concerns around losing those benefits if they start working. However, the Social Security Administration has rules called "work incentives." These allow beneficiaries to work for a certain period of time and/or earn certain amounts, and retain some or all of their cash and medical benefits. Special provisions can also help working beneficiaries retain their health care.
Benefits and work incentives are complex, but they're essential to understand. Here are some training options and other resources to help you and the job seekers you serve.
BenePLAN in partnership with Work Without Limits, with support from DDS, is providing a 1½-day Nuts and Bolts training in each of the DDS regions for DDS staff and providers. Training has already been held in the Northeast and Metro Regions. Contact the regional office for more information about training in the Central/West region (March 30 and April 1) and the Southeast (to be scheduled).
Through the Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative, BenePLAN and Work Without Limits will also be conducting the Nuts and Bolts training for the One-Stop Career Centers and their partners in the Lowell and Franklin/Hampshire regions in March. Contact the Career Center of Lowell or the Franklin Hampshire Career Center for more information.
The New England TACE Center is offering an online course in May: Earnings and Benefits: Using Social Security Work Incentives.