The government provides social security benefits for those who have a disability that prevents them from being able to function in their former job. Although these benefits help, the cash benefits often do not match what the worker made previously.
Some people who suffer from a disability also miss the activity of working and would like the opportunity to rejoin the workforce. Fortunately, the Ticket to Work program provides this benefit.
Details about the Ticket to Work program
According to the State of California Employment Development Department, one of the employment opportunities available for those with disabilities is the Ticket to Work program. It provides a variety of resources for Social Security Disability Insurance recipients so they can support themselves, stay employed and make more money.
According to the Social Security Administration, there are phases someone should go through when considering entering the program. The first is to determine whether one is ready to return to work. For those who are, the program provides training for a new job, resume help, interview assistance and contacts for re-entrance into the working world.
Benefits of program
There are additional benefits besides receiving money-making opportunities. A person will continue to receive SSDI or SSI payments for nine months after beginning a new job. If, after this time, the recipient is making more money than the threshold allows, the payments cease, but Medicare or Medicaid benefits continue.
Also, if payments cease due to increased income, and the disability eventually makes it too difficult to work, the person can request an expedited reinstatement, which allows for temporary cash benefits during case review.
Another benefit of the program is there are no required medical reviews while the recipient is working. This means benefits will not cease due to a disability review.