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SSDI and Returning to Work

If you are interested in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you may be curious about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) handles people when their conditions improve, and when they want to return to work.

If you’re concerned about returning to work, and possibly realizing that you’re not physically ready or capable, fortunately the SSA understands this common predicament.

The agency has programs in place to help people re-enter or attempt to re-enter the workforce without having to sacrifice their much-needed SSDI benefits.

If you are approved for disability benefits, know that the SSA has work incentives and a program called “Ticket to Work” that helps people, such as yourself who are interested in returning to work at some point in the future.

The SSA has special rules in place that make it possible for people who are receiving disability benefits to return to work as they continue receiving SSDI benefits.

There is more good news: if you return to work and later realize that you can no longer work because of your medical condition, your disability benefits can re-start – you may not even be required to file another application.

SSA Offers Work Incentives

Since the SSA understands that returning to work after a disabling condition is a sensitive process that needs to be handled delicately, it has taken several measures to help ease this transition. The SSA has established the following work incentives for people like you:

  • Cash benefits for a period of time as you return to work,
  • Continued Medicaid or Medicare coverage as you work,
  • The SSA assists you with education, training and rehabilitation so you can take up a new line of work that suits any disabilities that you have.

In addition to the above, the Ticket to Work program has other services available for people who desire to return to work. Such services include free vocational training and rehabilitation, a job referral program and other types of employment support.

Note: If you receive SSDI benefits and you return to work or stop working, or if you experience any other changes, such as you begin receiving workers’ compensation, which could affect your benefits, you must notify the SSA immediately.

If you are interested in applying for disability, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for all of the help and support you need during the application process!