Ticket to Work Works

Man in wheelchair after acident at work. Worker suffering from an illness.If you’re currently receiving Social Security disability benefits and you think you are ready to work, our Ticket to Work program can help. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps you get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment support services.

This program is for individuals ages 18 to 64, who are receiving disability benefits and need support re-entering the workforce or working for the first time. While many disabled individuals are unable to work, we know that some of you want to try. Work incentives make it easier to work and still receive health care and cash benefits from Social Security while providing protections if you have to stop working due to your disability.

Social Security works with employment networks to offer beneficiaries access to meaningful employment. Employment networks are organizations and agencies, including state vocational rehabilitation agencies, that provide various employment support services. Some services they may help you with include résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job leads.

Ticket to Work gives you the opportunity to choose from several employment networks. You’re free to talk with as many employment networks as you want before choosing one. If you sign an agreement with an employment network, they’ll help you develop an employment plan. We’ll review your progress for achieving the goals of your employment plan every 12 months. If you’re making timely progress in your return to work plan, we will not conduct a medical review of your disability during the time you’re in the program.

Many people have successfully completed the Ticket to Work program, and are now enjoying fulfilling careers and earning more income for their families. If this sounds like your goal for the future, you may want to explore this program to see if it’s right for you.

If you are interested in the Ticket to Work program, please call the Ticket to Work Helpline toll-free at 1-866-968-7842 (TTY 1-866-833-2967). You can also get more information on the program online at www.socialsecurity.gov/work or www.choosework.net.


91 thoughts on “Ticket to Work Works

  1. I do need more income as my disability is not enough to live on. I have no other supportive income. I can not even afford to live on my own and am living with my son and his family. This is really uncomfortable. I even lost my own home due to lack of income. I need the help and more income.

    • I am currently on SS disability. Like everyone else, not enough income to live one. Need to supplement. Was a corporate paralegal before my illness. Just looking for part time, preferably not in a stressful work environment like a law firm, as they require billing for time.

    • I am going through the same thing Katherine. I’m so afraid to try and work again but I have to do something just to stay out of public housing. Good luck to us right?

          • Tom
            I know how you feel I lived in a condemned mobile home for 4 months. It was the low point of my life. All I want to do is die everyday I just want to die. I’m done have no family I lost a fourteen year relationship when I got lung cancer. I ask God everyday please just let me die in my sleep. Tom I hope you make out better than me. All my love to you you are not alone.

      • I worked for two years on the ticket to work program before becoming ill again in Sept 2015. I have been trying to have an EXR done with no success. Losing everything. Social security is more interested in helping illegal aliens and Syrian refugees rather than native born paid into system Americans. Customer service is the worst. As I near major surgery, my family has no income, eviction notice and shutoff notices on all bills. SO I DEFINITELY ADVISE AGAINST THIS PROGRAM AS IT IS A WAY TO NEVER PAY YOU AGAIN. Give it all away to the non citizens. Deceitful

        • I agree. I went three years with the program. Went thru BVR. They were horrible with my having changed counselors numerous times and with a few times having BVR not even tell me the counselors were gone. Also, BVR put me at the highest level of disability twice then a counselor, on his own, decided to reduce my disability to a lower degree of necessity for help when I came back firvhelp after a major surgery. He did not have the rights to do so as the disability review board only has that right but he did it anyways. Also a huge waste of money was allowed for my so called, help, job shadowing and training. What a joke. I ran multi million dollar companies, owned a few of my own prior to be ing disabled and they at BVR and their third party associates treated me like I had an IQ of 0 or negative. They at BVR did not even know that my IQ even after being disabled was at the genius level. The one counselor I had even came up with the novel idea while executing her so called plan of action to getting me employment of sending me to a community college for a single class and if I got above a D grade then BVR would help with the costs of schooling. In other words, I pay first then if I pssse with a pathic grade in a single coysre which wax at the lowest level of intake for a student, then they would help pay for some of the school things I needed it the classes next after the first. To get to the stage of entering into an associate degree meant taking 4 more remidial classes. Weird for me to even consider doing that because I already gave this counselor my transcripts showing straight A’s in multiple colleges with having three Bachelor’s degrees, a master’s in Math, a certificate of 4 years study in judsic studies and nine professionals licenses and a real estate license and a Tax preparation license as well as my bookkeeping, payroll and accounting certifications. Also strange is how she didn’t even look at my selling awards from multiple companies , my papers submitted and printed in business trade journals or in scholarly journals or the fact that I was still running three seperate e-commerce websites for my family business and that I said screw her idea and instead I went into a nine month bioscience program at college that crammed 4 years of materials into those mine months and I passed with a 4.0 and without using any help from the campus disability services. Why, becxausevthe paperwork sent by that department of the college back to BVR was never worked on. Anyways the stories get much worse then that but the biggest waste of monies went to doing a benefit query analyzes to find out how much money a year I had to make back in 2013 to break even with how much the government was giving to me in 2 government checks. I did the math in less then 10 minutes to come up with $ 19,000.00 or so a year vs. The $ 738.00/month timed 12 months a year I made off the 2 government checks. Only after fighting with 7 counselors in over 2 years about this matter then winding up talking a veteran counselor at BVR for over 25 years of this fact – another half year went by until my brother who is a CPA called her and in less than 10 minutes did the math over the phone to set her straight. The bottom line was I had to have a full time job of $65,000.00 a year to live independently and be off of the government’ s payroll. However I would never be able to get or afford health insurance . I had to make that much a year as I had to have many thousands of dollars above what the government have me on disability due to taxes and paying all costs of normal living. So, just from a few of these instances I can say that the ticket to work program is terrible as is trying to use the website, the booklets or the redbook as well as any social security expert to understand the ticket to work and how it affects your $$$ and benefits. Plus, the moment you begin making monies, even when in a trial work period, good stamps go bye bye and you have no help with paying the premiums for your health insurance, Medicaid. Also, good luck on getting reimbursement on supplies spent on work related items or of getinng monies for transportation to go to work. I am still out over $ 12 000 that no government agency has paid me back when all paperwork has been submitted in full and the agencies knowcand agree that I have a full right to my money back. They have even ignored 3 of my lawyer s by responding they are understaffed or that they misplaced lost or cannot find my paperwork submiited. Seriously a very very useless, bad, time consuming and lousey service. A complete waste of time, energy, effort and monies when getting involved.

        • Steven, I have just failed in the Ticket to Work program. I was unable to perform important functions of my job. I have applied for EXR but am stuck in a limbo land with no SSDI check and no Part B Medicare. The program says, “Nothing to Lose” but there is. If I had to do it all again, I would not have tried going back to work. I also had a hefty income tax debt I was unprepared for. The SSDI checks I received initially were added to my income from work and I owed taxes. I don’t mind, I just was unprepared and not informed.

          • What does the term,
            “expedited reinstatement” mean? I cannot find the answer in any website or red book. Will my first payment be in 30, 60, 90 days? Can anyone say?

          • Thank you for your question Debbie. The Expedited Reinstatement provision allows an individual to receive up to 6 months of provisional (temporary) cash benefits while SSA conducts a medical review to determine whether the individual can be reinstated to benefits.

    • SS pays about the same as what they called “gainful employment”. So faaaaar from the truth!! Really!? The amount paid translates to “lossful spinning your wheels.” and “a plate full of hopelessness” while being evicted form a dwelling. SS is a ponsi scheme that congress robs when it wants to, even though fed govt isn’t supposed to take from it.

  2. I am in my mid-70s and in good health. Retired as an engineer in design and analysis of building structures. I am interested in finding a suitable job as an engineer either part time or full time to supplement my social security income.

  3. I am available for work as an engineer either full time or part time to supplement my soc. security income.


    • No, if over 64 yrs. People 65 and over cannot do Ticket to Work. People 66 and older can work full time and earn as much as they can without it affecting their SSR however they will have to pay income tax on their SSR if they make over a designated amount for the year. I am 72 yrs. old and working full time. In 2014 I paid $3,000.00 on top of almost $15,000.00 income tax from payroll deduction. Even after having an extra $200.00 monthly taken from my paycheck to offset. If I did not love my job, I would go to part-time to save on income tax that I owe the IRS.

    • Thank you for your question Mr. Sanchez. The Ticket to Work program is for individuals ages 18 to 64, who are receiving disability benefits and need support re-entering the workforce or working for the first time.

  5. My company, in conjunction with many Community Colleges and Universities, trains workers in the healthcare field for entry level jobs. Courses are mostly online and yield a national certificate for satisfactory completion. We do offer some courses on campus as well. How do we get on your list?

    • Sidney Gilman, I am a Cpht but having a hard time getting work because my disability does not allow me to stand for long hours. Most pharmacies will not hire for someone for only 3-4 a day. Also because I do not have a car I can not travel which makes it even harder to find a job. All the good jobs are too far from my house.

  6. I am on social security/disability due to disability since 2012 because of my age income is not enough to live on lost my home and am living in horrible motels looking to go back to work to be able to affords place if my own it’s a horrible feeling to lose your home and live from one horrible place to the next for a year now. I would rather suffer in pain and work every day than live like this it’s horrible I hope and pray I can find something soon losing all hope

    • O wow I thought I was the only one ..I’m currently working on a ticket to work program .before I didn’t have enough to live off of..Goodwill industry is a part of the ticket to work program and a great place to work give them a call if u guys have one in your area.. God bless and it will get better…

  7. I would like to say this works, however in Roanoke, VA about 7 years ago I entered this program – they gave me a series of tests and never contacted me again, I would call and receive no calls back. If this program is supposed to be helpful someone needs to train the employees in Roanoke, Va. So thoroughly disgusted.

    • Interesting thing about “training.” I got caught in one of these jobs, and when I asked what training options were available, they explained that this “training” simply meant “teaching people to report to work on time every day.”

  8. I currently live in Dallas TX.. And was having a hard time with out a job…I now currently work for Goodwill industries.. It’s a great place to work and they hire disabled …and also apart of the ticket to work program.. Give them a call in your area… If your in the Dallas area go online our warehouse is currently hiring… Apply God bless and Good luck

  9. does a person who is disabled physically and some mental, ,work part time for themselves,have to file a tax return.? and how much can they make without having to file a tax return.person on ssi and ssd

    • Hi Marie. For income tax related questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040. Also, we recommend you read our publication “Working While Disabled – How We Can Help”, to learn more about the special rules that make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. Thanks!

  10. I tried working under the Ticket to Work program. All was fine until I reported it to the state. I lost all my food stamps and all the help with my Medicare premium and co-pays. On top of that since I live in HUD housing my rent almost doubled. I ended up giving 2 weeks notice after only 2 weeks. I realized that for a part time job making around $500 I was losing so many supports that I wouldn’t be able to live. I wouldn’t be able to pay the doctor co-pays that make it possible for me to seek employment.
    I don’t think that is the way it’s meant to work but it is reality.

    • Kathy, I think what you wrote is EXACTLY how it is for so many of us! We can’t survive without extra income from work, but working causes us to lose the extra benefits like food stamps & medicare or medicaide co-pay assistance etc, affordable housing and so on. It feels like we end up penalized for even trying to work to survive on even a meager income. I am glad this program works for some, but for many, I think it just ends up making things worse. The system is definitely broken, and I don’t know the solution. I am most definitely caught in the cycle though 🙁

  11. My own experience with this was quite hellish. I was significantly misinformed from the start, so that I found myself trapped into a very disability-inappropriate job. People need to be clearly informed about the “trial work period,” the impact of the “retrospective budgeting” policies, etc. They need to be informed about sub-minimum wages, and the different rules that apply in “sheltered workshops.”

  12. BEWARE !!!!!
    If you find work while collecting social security do not make any extra pay ! If you
    Make more money than you are expected
    You will be raped of that overage plus the money you earn afteafterwards ! My wife was on social security, during the holidays she was called on to work a few extra hour’s to help, plus being the holidays and always need to gift 3 children 5 grandchildren plus divorced parents a token gift, buy extra food and all the minor things needed for the Christmas season a couple of extra dollars not hundreds but much less. We still with both incomes hers only I was looking for work so had no income. We still were impoverished. Wayyyy under. The kicker is all in all we end up being sued having a lien put on our financed home for OVER 9,000 $ !!! Rember she made a couple extra dollars not 9k ! Faaaaarrr from it! But when we questioned soc. Sec. We were told too bad you got overpaid so we are going to take everything back and you are on your own. Not for the overtime pay but for the months you got your 300 $ disability checks. So beware the rules change like the wind and unless you keep questioning you might end up paying for your disability. Even if you make 8.00 $ a hour and get paid x2 weeks. Social security has even changed its mandate from a couple years back. Originally the requirement was If you are unable to do the work you did most of your working days, you are considered disabled. Now if you can look at a monitor, answer a phone, speak English, or receive people YOU ARE NOT considered so. It matters not that work like this is non existent.

  13. Unless you are an illegal or a Syrian refugee you will be left out to dry. Giving money and numbers to non citizens seems to be the norm. I mean they’ve contributed nothing to our society but what the hell, give it to them first. More bought votes for Democrats.

  14. When reading this information about “Ticket to Work” I felt that it was misleading because it talk about people who get Social Security Disability and how they can use this program. The Ticket to Work program is program that can be used by both people who receive Social Security Disability and people who receive Supplemental Security Income. Ticket is one work incentive offered by SSA to find out about other work incentives visit our worksite at http://www.ssa.gov/work.

  15. I must say all that I read makes me even more embarrassed to know such inequity for poor/or disabled people exists. Sad sad state of affairs.

  16. Ticket to Work sounded like a great deal when I signed up but the protections that they tell you are available are made impossible to get. I went back to work on this program in September 2013 and Social Security continued my benefits for 9 months as they said they would. I was a computer programmer for over 30 years and was able to get back into my field without a lot of retraining and debt making 3 times my disability benefit. My biggest fear was what happens if I get sick and have to quit working. In August 2015 I had to leave my job as I was having health problems. I was able to recover quickly but went to Social Security on November 3, 2015 to request benefits under the EEP due to wages below the SGA. I won’t bore you wth the details but on April 17, 2016, I have not received a dime from Social Security. I have lost Medicare because I can’t pay for it, I lost my apartment and am living with family and bill collectors are constantly calling. I call Social Security on a weekly basis and am continually told that it is in the payment center and they need more time to process my claim. It has been almost 6 months. How much time do they need. I have disabilities and need to see a physician every 3 months. I need medication. I am an insulin dependent diabetic and without insurance this one Rx cost $700 a month which I don’t have. I feel like Social Security has completely abandoned me and must be hoping I will die and they won’t have to pay me another dime. Social Security is money that my employers and I paid. It is not welfare. I am approved for disability. They are not waiting for medical information to be submitted. They just need to turn my benefits back on. This is suppose to be one of the incentives to get you to go to work but if you’re going to loose everything you work for if something happens then why bother. I would also like to point out that at least in my state, if you are eligible for the Social Security benefits, you are not eligible for Unemployment benefits so save as much as you can while you are working as it may be all you have if you have to stop working.

    • We are sorry to hear about your situation, Walter. Unfortunately, we do need some processing time to reinstate your payments and your Medicare benefits. We know your local office is doing the best they can to resolve your situation. Please continue to work with your local office, and if necessary, ask to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite your request. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7:00a.m. and 7:00p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.

  17. I just received this Ticket to work letter. All it did was make me more depressed. I see a total of 8 doctors, take 15 types of medications. I’m always in pain, can’t drive, vision is always blurry because of meds. Taking pain medications causes me not to think properly or carry a conversation, I’ve had 3 back surgeries, I lost count of how many painful procedures and back injections doctors have given me. I need another back surgery. I can’t stand for more than 5 minutes because I start hurting, same for sitting, same for lying down. I can’t bend, can’t lift. I was a bookkeeper for 30 years. During my appeal to social security i lost everything my husband and I worked so hard for. My monthly pay was $3000. If I could go back to work I would but I can’t ! My husband is with me 24/7 taking care of me, take me to doctor appointments.
    I am sorry this just really upset me. 😭

    • We apologize for any misunderstanding Maria. The Ticket To Work Program is a free and voluntary program available for individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. If you decide to participate in the Ticket to Work Program, you can get the help you need to safely explore work options without immediately losing your benefits. Again, the program is free and voluntary, meaning you do not have to pay for services received under the Ticket to Work program and there is no penalty for not participating. We hope this information helps!

  18. This program was totally describe wrong. I am Disabled, I do not plan on going back full time to work, if I could, I would have already done this I was under the understanding that the money you made was to have extra money to live on, since me and my daughter are very poor. I get 657. dollars per month, now I get a little job with the IRS working only 1 hour a day for five days, that’s 113 every two weeks. With that money they take the gross amount (which is wrong) and cut it in half and decrease that amount from my ssi check, so I’m actually making less than when I’ve started. Everytime I called ss they said a third party was going to contact me, I’ve done this 3 times and no one has ever contacted me. I read these horrible stories and I am very scared. First because I’m disabled and I can’t completely go back to work and when the year is up, I to have to wait to be reinstated?? OMG what would I do? Am I to be homeless with a 13 year old daughter? I’m really scared and I did the wrong thing here and there’s no one to talk about this with, that will give you true facts about the program. Why would anyone do this if they take half of your money? All this is for is for the government to get you off of disability and back to working, when I can’t work full time. I need help, not more problems and less money.

  19. Ok so I am doing just fine on my Sadi checks, I’ve worked hard long hours in the past. But now I’ve been disabled for 10yrs and my pride is telling me to get an education and get back to some sort of work.
    My questions are will ticket to work help me learn a career that will pay me as I have earned in the past?
    And what happens if I can’t even get threw to ticked to work program?
    I am doing my best to get off my pain meds but if I can’t live with the pain then what?
    Is SSDI going to stop payments?
    I can’t go back to my usual “old” occupation do to my injury.

    • Susan, please see my post below. The Ticket to Work will help you very little if at all with your stated vocational goals. Really, at this time, the only plus to submitting your Ticket is that you are precluded from having a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) when it is in effect. Otherwise, it is essentially worthless despite contention by the SSA otherwise. So, just use your 9 month Trial Work Period, your state’s Medicaid Buy-in, and the other work incentives available to you that have little to do with your Ticket, as they can be used to good effect w/out it. However, most SSA field office staff are painfully uninformed as to what these work incentives are and how they are used so a call to your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) is also a good move. They can help explain the Trial Work Period, Substantial Gainful Activity, Extended Period of Eligibility, etc. and how best to interface/ your local SSA office. If not then just reply to this post and I will help you understand how this whole thing works myself!

  20. remind us again why the unemployment rate in the U.S. for workers with disabilities has WORSENED since the Ticket to Work was signed in 1999. For all the time and money why hasn’t the ABYSSMAL disability unemployment rate improved? Why aren’t more PWD employed in 2016? In reality, the Ticket to Work, for all the time and money spent, has been an abject failure and quite simply has NOT translated into more PWD going to work, let alone above SGA levels which I understand was sort of the goal. That is just the data talking, my friend.

  21. I am currently trying, The Ticket to Work program and I’m 65. I need to supplement my social security disability. With only part time work because that’s all I can do. I can’t afford to lose my SSDI, so now I’m really worried and thinking maybe I should not do this because I can’t afford to lose Medicare or Medicaid or Medicare premium paid, I still have disabilities, any suggestions? My Social Security starts next year, 66 and then I can work part-time without worry? After reading this blog I’m really concerned. Does anyone do this program successfully and are they able to supplement the income from SSDI or SSI without losing their medical benefits, SSDI or SSI?

  22. I contacted TTW today and she could not answer my questions. I desperately want to attempt going back to work.
    I have worked hard all my life until my health turned on me. I am finding it very hard to get straight forward answers to any of my questions.
    So I google and come across this site and I have to say it scares me more now then ever to even try the program.
    I can NOT afford to lose my disability check nor can I sit around and wait for it to be reinstated.
    If this program real did as promised and wasn’t like a big confessing maze more people would be willing to try it and more people would end up off Ssdi.
    So sad to see that those have tried the program ended up going from having next to nothing to having not even a roof over their heads.
    Sounds more like the government should be held accountable for false advertising and help get these people back into housing.
    I have yet to read a story of someone making it work as it suppose to but only how it tears one down worse then they were.
    As if our lives are not sad and depressing enough then the government hangs a carrot in front of our starving face.
    Now what? Who do we turn to when they hurt us even worse?
    How are we supposed to work through the vast maze of the TTW program if the people we call can not even answer our questions. Let alone give us misleading answers?

    • Thank you for your comment Phyllis. Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income. We have Work Incentives that allow people to work and still receive their benefits. During a trial work period, a beneficiary receiving Social Security disability benefits may test his or her ability to work and still be considered disabled. Also, a person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program if they work. However, their earnings cannot exceed a certain amount. This is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit. In 2017, the SGA limit is $1,170 per month (or $1,950 for blind applicants). We hope this information helps.

      • No it has not answered my questions at all. I been on disability since 2007. I currently recive $1,099.00 a month.
        I have been a hard working woman all my life. Do to many health complications I ended up on disability.
        I desperately want to seek gainful employment. However when I checked into the TTW program now that although my disabilities won’t ever get better they are being managed to appointment where I am ready to try. However reading what others have gone through and the inability to get a direct honest answer from anyone on what really happens while working the TTW program.
        Why do they say you can go make all you can for the first 9 months and it won’t affect you disability income. You will still recive your check and keep your medicare and Medicaid insurance. Then after the 9 months if you keep working then it affects it.
        From what I been reading disabled people are being punished for trying to see what they can and can not do.
        They are losing there disability checks and insurance while still with in the 9 months.
        Why tell people that if do to your disabilities that if they find they can not work all they have to do is call a number and they will start reciving there disability checks right away when it my be months to a year or more before the checks start up again?
        Seems more disabled people who try this program end up homeless.
        How is this suppose to help us?
        I am only trying to figure out the workings of this massive maze.
        I really want to work but seeing how no one can or is willing to out right honest on the answers or they don’t have the information.
        Please answer the 9 month rule and why is it that when we’re being told you lose NOTHING in that first 9 months is so many losing it all?

  23. “The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-170) was signed into law to increase the options for individuals with disabilities who wished to return to work.”
    This TTW program is 19 years in the works. Why is there still so many issues and bugs in this program?
    Put yourself not just in my shoes but many like me. We’re humans not just names and numbers.
    Many of us took great pride in being able to provide for our families. Then do to one reason or another are on disability.
    Disability rips away at our body , minds and soul. Many of use losing out to depression because everything we took great pride in is ripped away.
    We no longer can provide , nor help ourselves let alone our families.
    I wonder do any of you stop to think what it’s like to live off what we have too?
    Sure there are folks out there that seem to be ok with it but there are plenty of us out here that it tears apart.
    Why is it this program as old as it is and no clear answers?
    Do I sound frustrated ? You bet I am. How do i get clear cut answers to my questions?
    Would you put your life in the hands of this program if you were the ones on disability knowing what you do know?
    I have always measured myself worth by how well I could take care of my family and by how hard I worked.
    Then I became disabled and have fought long and hard to get myself back to where I could even try working.
    I got so excited hearing about the TTW program. Till I found this site and a couple others. Depressed me even worse knowing I could very well end up even worse then I am now.
    At lest I have seen roof over my head and from the sounds of It I wouldn’t have it if I attempted the TTW program.
    What kind of guarantee is there that it won’t happen in those first 9 months?
    Desperately seeking answers.

    • The Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program that beneficiaries can help Social Security beneficiaries return to work. For questions or guidance specific to your situation please call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM – 8:00PM EST. In addition to the Ticket to Work program, we have special rules to help you get back to work without jeopardizing your initial benefits. If you have questions about the 9 month Trial Work Period (TWP) or the Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE), we recommend that you call our toll free number at -1800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. We hope you reach out and get clarification on these important options.

  24. I am going to keep fighting and turning over every rock. I am determined to get my questions answered. I have talked to 4 people now and am waiting on another phone call.

  25. Ok I call and contact Heather left name and number 4xs. Never did she call me back but another gal did.
    When I started asking my questions she said ” you have to talk to heather she deals with benefits. I can only tell you about the program. ”
    She then ask for my permission to pass my information on to a group in my County called WHIPA I told her she could she said they can better answer my questions.
    She informed me it would take 7 to 10 business days before they would call me.
    So now I wait for the call. I should get it no later then the 22nd of this month.
    Wondering again why is it so hard to get my questions answered? The program has been in effect since 1999.
    Is there anyone person who will can answer my questions with out a song and dance and passing me off to someone else?
    I started checking into this program little over 2 years ago and have up do to the running in circles.
    This time I refuse to give up.

  26. Ok called the number above. Great Ladies did the best they could to answer my questions but they could not answer them. I am suppose to wait for someone from WHIPA to call me and go over all my concerns.
    Now having said that I talked to the gal about this Web site and what my concerns were about issues being posted.
    First of all Ticket to work is only for those reciving SSDI not SSDI.
    Then she talked about people not paying attion to the 9 month rule and might have used up there 9 month period.
    Ok now to wait for WHIPA

  27. WHIPA contacted me.. got some of my questions answered and created new ones.
    Now I need to sign 3 forms to give them the right to go through every inch of my back ground.

  28. On SSDI 10+ years, had a great help getting on my feet from extensive therapy. I am 50 now, working on the TTW program since 2013 at eh USPS p/t as a PMR using the State Voc. Rehab. to get started. My TTW evaluation said I still did not make substantial income. I deduct all of my expenses from working. My wife went full time when I got sick. Now I would like to try my field of electronics and engineering but looking at these posts I think health concerns and taking meds as I am, it may not be worth the risks and that really saddens me.

    • Hi Eric, it sounds as if your participation in the Ticket To Work (TTW) program is going great. Please consult with your counselor or your program-service administrator about your desire to work in a new field, they can provide you with the best information available. We wish you continuing success. Thank you for sharing!

  29. I’m currently awaiting a decision about continuing my ssdi and just received this ticket to work letter. I’m extremely depressed and anxious that because I received this letter Social Security is planning on denying to continue my ssdi benefits. If they do I’ve already planned to appeal and to continue benefits during the appeal process. My question is “Is this letter just a precursor to getting a denial of continuing my ssdi benefits”? If it is I will contact my lawyer because there’s no way I could work.

    • Hi Jon, the Social Security Administration reviews disability cases from time to time, to make sure the individuals receiving checks are still eligible to get them. The time it takes to receive a decision on the review varies. For your security, we do not have access to personal information in this venue. To follow up on your medical review, you should contact your local Social Security office directly. Or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In the other hand, if you recently received a letter from Social Security about the Ticket to Work program, that’s something different. The Ticket to Work (TTW) program is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. We hope this information helps.

    • Hi Joan, the Social Security Administration reviews disability cases from time to time, to make sure the individuals receiving checks are still eligible to get them. The time it takes to receive a decision on the review varies. For your security, we do not have access to personal information in this venue. To follow up on your medical review, you should contact your local Social Security office directly. Or call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. On the other hand, if you recently received a letter from Social Security about the Ticket to Work program, that’s something different. The Ticket to Work (TTW) program is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. We hope this information helps.

  30. Does Ticket To Work Program pay for surgery?
    Please reply yes or no. If yes, do they pay in full or a percentage ?
    Does TTW Program pay for equipment needed for on-the-job such as hearing aids or specialized phone equipment? Does TTW work with doctors to certify the equipment needed to qualify for certain positions of employment ? Does Vocational Rehab have their own doctors to order equipment needed for disabled employees?

  31. I’m 42 and becoming disabled was never in my future plans nor was collecting disability but I’m curious how is one supposed to survive on those payments alone because I’m currently in debt for $20,000 and my monthly income is $786.25 and there are days when I get so depressed ask God how did I end up here or if this is a bad dream I wish someone would wake me up. When learning about the ticket to work program decided to give it a try but all the agencies on the list were either out of state or too far and living in NJ finally found one program in downtown Brooklyn. After scheduling an appointment and resume in hand went to their counselor and was handed a form to fill out and told to come back the next day after spending almost $20 in carfare so rather than getting upset returned the next morning and this women went over my resume with a fine tooth and comb conducted a few job searches online told me to email her my resume and that was four months ago and I haven’t heard from the program since but rather than waiting on them to call me I reached out to them and shockingly enough learned my counselor resigned and her case load was transferred to someone else and therefore the new caseworker would be contacting clients once organized. As the fifth month approached and still no call I reached out to this agency yet again and this time they didn’t even know who I was but suggested I leave my name and number and someone would be calling me within a week and that never happened either so I reached out again just to be told my new case worker was no-longer with the organization and his client list was transferred to someone else and its now July 27, 2017 and nothing. During this process I contacted one of the work at home companies affiliated with the ticket to work program and I won’t go into details but that turned into a nightmare simply because I decided to ask questions pertaining to employment and was later told best of luck in my job search. I called social security to file a complaint and was told several ticket to work clients have had issues with the same company so I then conducted a Google search on ITT and shockingly enough many clients say they were promised jobs and told to add a phone line, purchase a headset just to be told employment wasn’t guaranteed so my advice if looking for a part-time job don’t waste your time relying on these agencies and just conduct the search yourself which is what I’m doing now.

    • Thanks for asking, Edward! The Ticket to Work is a voluntary program from Social Security that provides most people receiving Social Security benefits more choices for receiving employment services. You can also contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday from 8:00AM – 8:00PM EST to discuss your options. We hope this helps.

  32. Im Beverly Howard, I’m working part time now and needs to report it to social security, do I have to go up to social security office or what do I do.

  33. I’m working part time now and need to report it do I need to go to the socail security office or what do I do.

  34. how much can one make being on disability in 1999 and 2000 it seem I getting audit now since I work to take care of myself to pay for my sickness please let me know and I just got a letter from Doctor that I still need treatment I was told in 1999 I could work up to 9 months with out any problems now 2018 they coming back asking

    • Hello Dominic, when you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) and you work, your earnings trigger a trial work period. The trial work period allows you to test your ability to work for at least 9 months.
      The term “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) is used to describe a level of work activity and earnings. We use SGA as one of the factors to decide if you are eligible for disability benefits.
      See our Substantial Gainful Activity web page to find the SGA amounts for 1999 and 2000.
      We hope this information helps!

    • Thank you for your question Alvin. Social Security strongly supports those individuals who want to return to the work force while supplementing their disability benefit income.
      We have Work Incentives that allow people to work and still receive their benefits. A person may still be eligible for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program if they work. However, their earnings cannot exceed a certain amount. This is called the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) limit.
      In 2018, the SGA limit is $1,180 per month (or $1,970 for blind applicants). In addition to the amount of money you make, Social Security may also look at the number of hours you’re able to work. We hope this information helps.

    • Hi, Sherry. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

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