As medications and other medical expenses get more expensive, it may turn out that your Social Security disability benefits aren’t enough to cover your expenses. You may want to find a job, but this desire may be complicated by your disability benefits. Luckily, the Ticket to Work program can help.
What is Ticket to Work?
Ticket to Work is a Social Security program that gives those receiving Social Security disability benefits additional options for employment. Recipients can get job training and assistance finding employment.
What Are the Benefits of Ticket to Work?
While finding employment with significant enough earnings through the program will cause your benefits to end, your benefits will not be terminated if a job doesn’t work out. Additionally, there is free job training and employment referrals available as well, making it easier to transition away from your disability benefits.
How Will Ticket to Work Affect My Benefits?
Going back to work will not cause your benefits to automatically terminate. You will continue to receive benefits during your trial period, which lasts until you accumulate nine months with earnings over a threshold. For 2011, the threshold is $720 per month. After the trial period, your benefits will stop for the months when you earn past a “substantial” threshold, and for 2011, that amount is $1000 per month.
Ticket to Work is great for those receiving Social Security disability benefits who want to transition to full or part-time employment. Speaking with a Social Security lawyer is a good way to determine if you should apply for Ticket to Work. To schedule a consultation, contact us today at (215) 687-4432. Todd M. Berk, Esq., is a Social Security attorney dedicating to representing the Philadelphia community for their Social Security and personal injury cases. If you need a Social Security attorney or injury lawyer, call the Social Security attorney that Philadelphia has trusted for 15 years.
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