What Is The Ticket To Work Program?
The Social Security Administration offers benefits to those who are disabled and unable to work due to a chronic or terminal illness or injury that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. While many recipients see their condition worsen over time, some get better.
Those who see their condition improve may be able to return to work. The Social Security Administration offers a program called Ticket to Work that helps recipients transition back into the workplace while continuing to receive benefits. The program was created in 1999 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
It’s hard to transition from monthly disability benefits to a job, especially since Social Security Disability benefits come with health insurance and not all jobs do. The good news is that those in the Ticket to Work program can keep their Medicare coverage for more than eight years after returning to work. Beneficiaries who return to work will qualify for Medicare Part A, which covers hospitalizations, at no cost. While they will still be eligible for Medicare Part B, they must pay for it themselves.
Before 1999, the options for assistance were limited, so the Ticket to Work program fills in that gap. Ticket to Work is a free program for disabled workers ages 18 to 64. This voluntary program offers job placement training and other services to help disabled workers achieve financial independence.
Eligible beneficiaries are known as Ticket Holders and are able to receive assistance through organizations that offer support such as employment services and vocational rehabilitation services. The participants gain employment with the help of approved employment networks and State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies. These networks receive payment when the beneficiaries achieve defined goals of work and earnings.
Those in the Ticket to Work program have many opportunities. With more companies offering remote work, Ticket Holders have more employment options than ever. They are allowed to work from home under the program. This can be the ideal situation for those who have mobility issues or a compromised immune system.
It’s even possible for Ticket Holders to start their own businesses. Some service providers can help disabled people start their own businesses by assisting them with the self employment process. This includes tasks such as developing business goals, writing business plans, keeping records, determining target markets, and making financial projections.
Learn More About Social Security Disability Benefits
The Social Security Administration offers various forms of assistance to those who are disabled. The Ticket to Work program is one that helps those receiving disability benefits return to the workplace so they can learn new skills and meet new people.
A White Plains Social Security Disability lawyer from The Law Office of Michael Lawrence Varon can help you get back on track after a disability. Whether you need benefits or want to understand your options, we can assist you. Schedule a free consultation today by filling out the online form or calling 914-294-2145.