Work Incentives

2173. What is the Purpose of Work Incentives for the Blind and Disabled?
Since SSI payments provide a very basic level of support for blind or disabled individuals with low earnings ability due to their impairments, there are a number of work incentive provisions have been incorporated into the SSI program. The purposes of the work incentives are outlined in detail in this section of the Handbook, so it is important to read this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2174. What are Continued Benefits for Participants in a Program of Vocational Rehabilitation, Employment, Training, or Other Support Service?
Your benefits as a blind or disabled Supplemental Security Income recipient may be continued after your impairment is no longer disabling if the following events occur, and these specific events are listed in this section of the Handbook are completed, so it is important to read this section of the Handbook for more detailed information.

2175. What are Impairment-Related Work Expenses?
The cost of certain impairment-related services and items you as a disabled (but not blind) person need in order to work can be deducted from earnings in determinations of your Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and this is explained in greater detail in this section of the Handbook, so it is important to read this section of the Handbook for more detailed information. See also §2135.

2177. What is the Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)?
A Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) allows you to set aside income and/or resources for a work goal, and the like. For the specific details of a PASS you may see this section of the Handbook.

2178. What are Special Cash Benefits to Disabled Individuals Who Engage in SGA?
The SSA provides special SSI cash benefits if your gross earned income is at the amount designated as the SGA level, but you must continue to be disabled and meet all other eligibility rules that you may find in this section of the Handbook.

2179. Can I receive Medicaid While Working?
Many States provide Medicaid eligibility while working. See http://www.govbenefits.gov to determine if you will be eligible to receive Medicaid while working and under what circumstances, and you can also see some of those circumstances listed in this section of the Handbook.

If you have any questions about this section of the Handbook, then you may Contact Us for more information.

The Work Site

Social Security Ticket to Work Program

Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)