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SSD: Will Work Reduce My Benefits?

If you are currently disabled and interested in applying for Social Security disability benefits, one day your condition may improve so you can return to work, at least part-time. Or, you may be able to return to work but engage in lighter or easier duties. If you do return to work, will your disability benefits be reduced or will they cease?

If you are approved for disability benefits and you’re able to return to work at some point in the future, we have good news. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has what are called work incentives and a “Ticket to Work Program,” which are designed to help you transition back to work.

“Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments,” according to the Social Security Administration.

What if Working Proves Too Hard?

“What if I try going back to work but it turns out to be too difficult? What if I’m just not ready?” If you try going back to work and you discover that it’s not possible because your medical condition still prevents you from working, you get an A for effort! Your benefits can take effect again and the SSA won’t make you file a new application.

Here are the work incentives offered by the SSA:

  • Continued cash benefits for a period of time as you work.
  • You still get Medicaid or Medicare coverage while you work.
  • You receive assistance with education, rehabilitation and training as you start a new line of work.

If you are approved for disability benefits, you are required to inform the SSA if you begin or stop working. You are also expected to notify them about any other changes because they could affect your benefit amount.

To learn more about applying for Social Security Disability, contact our firm today to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our legal team.