Frequently Asked Questions
Ticket To Work FAQ’s
What is the Ticket to Work program?
What is the goal of the Ticket to Work Program?
Who can use this program?
Do I need to have an actual ticket to participate in the program?
Will I lose my Medicare eligibility if I participate in the program?
What happens if my benefits stop due to my earnings and then I can no longer work due to my disability?
Is there ever any cost for your help?
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.”
Can I use the Ticket to Work Program if I am self-employed?
What is EXR - Expedited Reinstatement?
Am I eligible for EXR?
- 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?
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?
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
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?
PASS Plan FAQs
What does PASS stand for?
What is a PASS Plan for?
Do I have to work while on a PASS Plan?
How do I know if I am receiving SSDI?
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 $880 (TWL) count as one of these months. Once you have used all your 9 months (TWP), the 1st month that you earn over $1220(SGA), will start your 3 month Grace Period. On the 4th month (or 13th month) if you are still earning over $1220 you will lose your SSDI check. If, at anytime in the next 36 months (EPE), you stop making $1220 you can 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?
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 $771/month.