Working While Disabled
You Have Options to Help You Return to Work
Social Security Disability benefits are generally only available for those who have a long-term or permanent disability that prevents them from working. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does want individuals to return to work if at all possible, however, which is why they provide options for those who think they may like to try working again. The SSA provides several different work incentives and programs to encourage individuals to seek rehabilitation and step back into the work force.
The Process of Working While Receiving SSD Benefits
In order to return to work, you must keep in constant communication with the SSA regarding when you start and stop working; otherwise, your benefits may be forfeit. You will be granted a nine-month trial work period, during which time you will be allowed to work while still receiving disability. Incentives to return to work include continued payment, as well as continued Medicare and Medicaid while you work, and assistance with any education, training, or rehab necessary for a new line of work.
After your trial work period, you may continue receiving benefits for another 36 months while you work, as long as your earnings are not "substantial" (over $1,010 in 2012). If your earnings are substantial, your benefits will stop; however, you will have five years to request immediate initiation of benefits if you end up unable to continue working. Disabled individuals might also consider the Ticket to Work program to help them obtain employment while still receiving benefits.
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