If you’re receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you’re likely going to get information on the Ticket to Work Program. This program is free for those who choose to use it and is voluntary.
The purpose of this program is to help people eventually reduce their reliance on Social Security benefits by finding a job and new skills that can lead them back to financial independence and perhaps a new and better career than they had when they became disabled.
Those receiving benefits are issued a ticket to obtain support and access services to help them get back into the workforce. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses Employment Networks (EN). These include both private and public organizations and even individuals. Public entities include state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and job centers. ENs are paid by the SSA as disability beneficiaries achieve various milestones involving work and income levels.
If you’ve decided that you’d prefer to start your own business or otherwise become self-employed, you can use the program to seek support and services that will help you get the skills and knowledge you need to do that.
Many people fear that they’ll lose their Medicare or Medicaid benefits if they participate in the program. However, as long as you still qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Social Security Income (SSI) benefits, you won’t lose that health insurance coverage.
If you’ve been dealing with the SSA, you know how frustrating, confusing and complicated it can be. If you’re debating whether participating in this Ticket to Work Program is the best option for you and the various Missouri ENs, you may want to consult with an experienced Social Security attorney.