One of the reasons why the definition of disability is so strict when it
comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits is because the
Administration seeks to incentivize returning to work. Unfortunately for
many Americans, returning to work may mean losing medical benefits that
a person requires to cover their condition. The Social Security Administration
realizes that going to work may prevent a person from receiving medical
treatment, and have instigated programs that encourage those that have
filed for disability benefits to return to work.
The Plan to Achieve Self-Support Encourages Work
The Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) is one such program that encourages
those with disabilities to return to the workplace. By increasing their
monthly disability payout, PASS will allow a disabled individual to set
aside the necessary money to obtain services or items that they need to
achieve their work goal.
A person is eligible for PASS if:
- They would be eligible for Supplemental Security Income based on disability
if it wasn't for their income or assets; or
- They are currently eligible for Supplemental Security Income but other
income reduces the amount that they receive; and
- Using PASS will help a person reduce or eliminate the benefits they receive
from Social Security.
The first step of PASS is providing a written, detailed plan that will
help a person obtain a job that they'd like or a business they'd
like to start, including a timeline for accomplishing this goal.
Upon completing the detailed plan, the application will be brought or mailed
to a Social Security office. Social Security will review the plan and
connect application with Social Security employees trained to work with
PASS applicants. A PASS expert will work directly with the applicant to
determine if the goal is reasonable and discuss changes directly with
Social Security will examine the plan and see if the prices listed to achieve
the goal are fair, and approve or deny the request. If a PASS request
is denied, the decision can be appealed.
PASS may be a great option for those seeking to return to the workplace.
For any further questions about the PASS program and how it can benefit
your situation, contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC!