Workers with Disabilities
- Ticket to Work Program
- Three Biggest Myths about Disability Benefits
- Success Story
- Helpful Links and Information
Workforce Center links individuals with disabilities to resources designed to connect them to the right employment opportunities. The State of Florida encourages diversity in the workforce and is working to ensure that every citizen who wants a job has a job, regardless of disability.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 64 years old and have been thinking about going back to work, you should consider the Ticket To Work Program, which is designed to help you keep your benefits, even while returning to work.
Contact your local disability resource contacts:
- Bryan Russell at 872-4340 ext. 171 or email@example.com
- Kymani Smith at 872-4340 ext.157 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about these or other Social Security Work Incentives, contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD). For more information about the Ticket to Work program or to access the service provider directory, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work.
There are several common myths about how working will affect disability benefits and health care coverage. Here are the three most common and why they are wrong.
- If I try to go to work, I will automatically lose my Medicare or Medicaid. This is a myth. First, as long as you keep receiving a benefit check of any amount, you will keep your health insurance. If you earn enough that your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) checks stop, Medicare can continue for up to 93 months. If you currently receive Medicaid, you should be eligible to continue to receive Medicaid even after you stop receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits due to work. To be eligible you need to meet certain requirements, which include earnings below a threshold amount set by your state. Even if your earnings exceed the state threshold, you may still be eligible and should talk to your state Medicaid office. For more information about Keeping Your Medical Benefits after cash benefits stop, visit www.ssa.gov/redbook and www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/1619b.htm.
- If I use my Ticket to go to work, Social Security will conduct a medical review of my case, and I will lose my benefits. This is also a myth. If you use your Ticket to help you go to work, Social Security CANNOT perform what is known as a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) to see whether you still have a disability. Even if you would otherwise be scheduled to have a disability review, Social Security will postpone your review while your Ticket is in use and you are making progress toward your work goals. For more information about Protection From Medical CDR, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/cdrprotection.htm.
- If my checks stop because I go to work and then I have to stop working because of my disability, I will have to reapply for benefits all over again. It took me forever to be approved for benefits and I cannot afford to wait that long again. As a result, I should not try to work. Again, it’s a myth. You will not need to reapply if your benefits ended within the past five years due to your earnings and you meet a few other requirements, including that you still have the original medical condition or one related to it that prevents you from working. This is a work incentive called Expedited Reinstatement. You may even be able to receive up to six months of temporary cash benefits in addition to Medicare or Medicaid coverage while SSA conducts a medical review to determine if your benefits can be reinstated. For more information about Expedited Reinstatement, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/exr.htm.
A Ticket to Work client has a disability that caused him to stop working and close his business. This client came to the Workforce Center, enrolled in Ticket to Work and participated in the resume and interactive interview workshops. His Resource Coordinator also put him through a Transferable Occupation Relationship Quotient (TORQ) skills assessment to help identify potential alternative careers. The case manager provided one-on-one career counseling and guidance. Within a couple of months, this Ticket to Work client was offered a job and is now back to work and re-claiming his career and life goals.
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