Frequently Asked Questions

 

Ticket To Work FAQs

PASS Plan FAQs

SSDI FAQs

SSI FAQs

  

  

  

Ticket To Work FAQ's

What is the Ticket to Work program?
The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program, most beneficiaries become eligible for the Ticket to Work Program when they start to receive SSDI or SSI benefits based on disability. Beneficiaries may choose to assign their ticket to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal. The EN, if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.

 

What is the goal of the Ticket to Work Program?
The ultimate goal of the Ticket to Work program is to assist people receiving Social Security disability benefits in reducing their reliance on disability benefits. The Ticket program also seeks to promote increased self-sufficiency and greater independence for people receiving Social Security disability benefits through work.

 

Who can use this program?
Anyone between the ages of 18-64, who receives either an SSDI or SSI disability check can use the Ticket to Work program.

 

Do I need to have an actual ticket to participate in the program?
No, the EN (Employment Network) you choose can verify your eligibility to participate in the program with MAXIMUS.

 

Will I lose my Medicare eligibility if I participate in the program?
No, as long as you continue to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit payments, you will continue to remain eligible for the same medical coverage. There are also Work Support Payments that allow you to continue your medical coverage once you begin earning enough that you stop receiving SSDI payments. If you currently receive medical coverage through Medicare, you can continue to be eligible for coverage for at least 93 months after the last month of your Trial Work Period.

 

Will I lose my Medicaid coverage if I participate in the program?

No. As long as you continue to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you will continue to remain eligible for the same medical coverage.

If you currently receive Medicaid, you might be eligible to continue to receive Medicaid even after you stop receiving SSI benefits due to work. Your coverage might be extended in two ways. First, you might be eligible through a Work Support Payment created by Section 1619(b) of the Social Security Act. You need to meet certain other requirements to qualify for this Work Support Payment.

 

What happens if my benefits stop due to my earnings and then I can no longer work due to my disability?
If your benefits ended because you worked and had earnings, you can request that your benefits start again without having to complete a new application. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines whether you can get benefits again, Social Security can give you provisional (temporary) benefits for up to 6 months. This is because of a Work Support Payment called Expedited Reinstatement. You can ask for your benefits to start again using Expedited Reinstatement for up to five years after you stop receiving benefits.

 

Is there ever any cost for your help?
No, there is never any charge for our services.

 

What is Timely Progress?
Every 12 months after you assign your Ticket to Work to an EN, SSA must decide if you are making the expected progress toward your vocational goal. SSA looks at progress such as completing certain educational goals or getting and keeping a job. SSA refers to this as a "Timely Progress Review."

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Can I use the Ticket to Work Program if I am self-employed?
Yes, however we cannot count self-employment income (SEI) until we receive IRS data showing earnings for the closed tax year or until the beneficiary has reported earnings evidence and it has been verified by SSA. Then to receive a support payment you must have earned over SGA for the year.

 

What is EXR - Expedited Reinstatement?
If your benefits ended because you worked and had earnings, you can request that your benefits start again without having to complete a new application. While the Social Security Administration determines whether you can get benefits again, they can give you provisional (temporary) benefits for up to 6 months.

 

Am I eligible for EXR?
If you are an SSDI or SSI beneficiary who:

  • Stopped receiving benefits because of earnings from work,
  • Are unable to work or perform substantial gainful activity,
  • Are disabled because of an impairment(s) that is the same as or related to the impairment(s) that allowed you to get benefits earlier, and
  • Make the request within 5 years from the month your benefits ended.

 

Why should I choose DisABLEd Workers over another EN?
We try very hard to make sure you are always receiving accurate information so that you can make an informed decision about your benefits and TTW choices.

DisABLED Workers is also one of the few ENs that can offer you a work support payment to pay for work related expenses, and we are the only one that offers the Ticket To Work program in conjunction with the PASS plan.

DisABLEd Workers' goal is to assist the disabled community to help them reach their goals with accurate, detailed benefit information. As you might have read on our “About Us” page, our company was started by a disabled individual. He has always made it a top priority that we help those that are disabled in any way we can and to never sign a client until they are completely informed about the positives and/or negatives related to them.

We hope that with our programs we can help you reach your goals!

 

How do you use the Social Security funds your EN receives?
The EN receives no funds until the beneficiary finds work and is earning over the TWP amount.

Most ENs keep all the funds to pay for the services they have provided. We give you a good portion of what we receive back, as we feel you are doing your share of the work. Since we believe education will help you land a better job, we provide you with assistance through the PASS Plan even though we receive no compensation.

 

I am not comfortable with giving you my Social Security information


We completely understand your concern.

Please call Maximus at 1-866-968-7842. You will reach the Social Security program manager for the Ticket to Work program. You will find we are an approved Employment Network (EN) called "DisABLEd WORKERS". Our DUNS Number - 139944404 will verify that we have a contract with Social Security. We are only listed in Maximus' Directory of ENs for some states; because we choose not to be listed in all States as it would overwhelm our ability to provide you with the best service. We will be listed lower down, as the ENs in your state are listed at the top, then those serving multiple states.

 

How do I assign my ticket to DisABLEd Workers?
Click here to Apply - this will take you to our application page to get started!

 

 

 

PASS Plan FAQs

What does PASS stand for?
Plan to Achieve Self-Support. This means, once you complete an approved plan, you are agreeing that you will be able to find gainful employment and will no long need your disability check.

 

What is a PASS Plan for?
A PASS Plan would allow you to set aside income other than your SSI and/or resources for a time so that you can have financial help to meet your work goal. For example, if you receive SSDI, wages, or other income, you could set aside that money to pay for your expenses for education as long as the expenses are related to you achieving your work goal. It can also be used for transportation, short term training, purchasing a computer, or starting a business.

 

Do I have to work while on a PASS Plan?
It depends on the type of benefits you are receiving. If you are on SSDI benefits SSA would not require you to work, however, if your benefits are SSI then you would need to work at least PT.

 

 

 

SSDI FAQs

How do I know if I am receiving SSDI?
SSDI is usually received on the 3rd of the month or the 3rd Wednesday of the month, but can be any day EXCEPT the 1st of the month.

 

How does the Ticket To Work program affect SSDI?
Once you become disabled and start working you are given 9 trial work months (TWP), you can work and earn any amount of wages and it will not affect your disability check. Only the months that you earn over $840 (TWL) count as one of these months. Once you have used all your 9 month (TWP), the 1st month that you earn over $1130(SGA), will start your 3 month Grace Period. On the 4th month (or 13th month) if you are still earning over $1170 you will lose your SSDI check. If at anytime in the next 36 months (EPE) you stop making $1130 you will get your SSDI check back.

This is one of the safety nets SSA has put in place for you, so that attempting to work is not such a frightening goal. (Remember if you are working you might be eligible for one of our $500 support payments)

 

Do I have to work while on a PASS Plan?
It depends on the type of benefits you are receiving. If you are on SSDI benefits SSA would not require you to work, however, if your benefits are SSI then you would need to work at least PT.

 

 

SSI FAQs

How do I know if I am receiving SSI?
SSI is always received on the 1st of the month. The most common amount of SSI is $733.

 

How does the Ticket To Work program affect SSI?
Once you start working your SSI check will be reduced. The first $85 of the wages is not countable, after that the remainder is divided by 2. This calculation can be confusing, give us a call and we can give you a more detailed explanation to help you understand your options. (Remember if you are working you might be eligible for one of our support payments to help pay for work related expenses)

 

Do I have to work while on a PASS Plan?
It depends on the type of benefits you are receiving. If you are on SSDI benefits SSA would not require you to work, however, if your benefits are SSI then you would need to work at least PT.

 

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2715 Terrace Dr
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