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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Feb 24 2007 :  12:38:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As part of the Social Security Disability Ticket to Work program, I received a call from
National Telecommuting Institute (NTI). They provide an opportunity to make extra money for people on Social Security Disability by doing Telework at home. From their web site.

National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) is a unique educational/job-matching organization pioneering the development of telework jobs for Americans with disabilities. NTI staff bring together employers who have agreed to "go virtual," advanced communications technology, and vocational rehabilitation agencies to enable individuals with disabilities to train for and work online in environments that are more easily accessible to them.

NTI prepares qualified individuals with disabilities primarily for work as customer service representatives, but also as technical support agents and medical transcriptionists. Equipped with voice and computer connections, NTI employees have provided service for customers of organizations and companies such as the Internal Revenue Service and AAA Roadside Assistance.

And the link:

http://www.nticentral.org/

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  12:06:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just FYI, I heard about this program via a call from Ticket to Work, a Social Security program for the disabled. If you receive SSD and want to work, check out the Ticket to Work program. You should receive one of these each year. It allows you access to services. It helps you make additional money and still receive SSD and Medicare benefits.

http://www.yourtickettowork.com/

http://www.ssa.gov/work/Ticket/ticket_info.html

Something important:

What is a Deferral of Medical Disability Reviews?

Effective January 1, 2001, an individual who is "using a ticket" will not be subject to regularly scheduled continuing disability medical reviews.

However, benefits can still be terminated if earnings are above the limit. Also, Social Security disability beneficiaries who have been receiving benefits for at least 24 months will not be medically reviewed solely because of work activity. However, regularly scheduled medical reviews can still be performed and, again, benefits terminated if earnings are above the limit.


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sandy
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Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  11:10:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone out there actually utilized this "Ticket to Work" program?And if so, what is your experience? I have been thinking about trying to get some sort of low paying, part-time job but have concerns about not being able to physically do it and then losing my benefits. I have read the information about it and it seems like their are lots of loopholes favoring the SSD admin.
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LisaV
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Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  5:30:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My husband was on ticket to work 2 times. Both times he had to drop out because his health went down hill. There was no problem either time.
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muffin
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USA
175 Posts

Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  5:59:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a nephew that has been on SSD for years and has worked all the time. You can however only make so much money and you do have to be careful not to go over as they will look at that. They may not get you right away but they will eventually and then you pay dearly. It is a good program for people that can do it.
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  6:11:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is an advantage - they do not re-evaluate your disability if you are on the ticket.

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Adina-OH
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USA
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Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  6:11:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Do you HAVE to go thru the "Ticket to Work" program, or is that just a convenience and help to find you a position?

Edited by - Adina-OH on Feb 26 2007 6:12:19 PM
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PennyPA
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USA
5819 Posts

Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  9:01:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, you don't have to, Adina. But it does help "encourage" a company to "hire the handicapped". But if you can find a job you like on your own, all you have to do is watch your income.

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Dave-OH
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Posted - Feb 26 2007 :  9:24:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually Penny, what is does is provide assistance in training and support for a job. Also, it takes care of the wavier of re-evaluation. They do not help to find a job, but they help to find a rehab agency to help.

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sandy
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Posted - Feb 27 2007 :  10:07:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone. Does anyone know what that limit is that you can make?
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Adina-OH
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USA
267 Posts

Posted - Feb 27 2007 :  11:02:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finally decided to do some checking on this program.

For general information about the Ticket to Work Program, go to: http://www.ssa.gov/work/ResourcesToolkit/legisregfact.html

For the run-down on how much money you can make and still receive your SSD benefits, check out: http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/ssa.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=317
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Feb 27 2007 :  11:33:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How much can I earn and still receive Disability benefits?

Question:

I am receiving Social Security disability benefits. Will my benefits be affected if I work and earn money?

Answer

We have special rules called "work incentives" that help you keep your cash benefits and Medicare while you test your ability to work. For example, there is a trial work period during which you can receive full benefits regardless of how much you earn, as long as you report your work activity and continue to have a disabling impairment.

The trial work period continues until you accumulate nine months (not necessarily consecutive) in which you perform what we call "services" within a rolling 60-month period. We consider your work to be "services" if you earn more than $640 a month in 2007. For 2006, this amount was $620. After the trial work period ends, your benefits will stop for months your earnings are at a level we consider "substantial," currently $900 in 2007. For 2006, this amount was $860. Different amounts apply to people who are disabled because of blindness.

For an additional 36 months after completing the trial work period, we can start your benefits again if your earnings fall below the "substantial" level and you continue to have a disabling impairment. For more information about work incentives, we recommend that you read the leaflet, Working While Disabled-How We Can Help (SSA Publication Number 05-10095).

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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Feb 27 2007 :  11:38:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My commentary - many of you struggle by on under $1,000 per month of SSD. Adding $600 a month income would be a big help. At $10 per hour, it is about 15 hours per week or 60 hours per month.

Using their program means that you are properly hooked into the system as Social Security runs it. You also get extra resources.

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sandy
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USA
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Posted - Feb 27 2007 :  3:30:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much. You guys did all the work for me.
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PennyPA
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USA
5819 Posts

Posted - Feb 27 2007 :  4:05:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually, I read that to say that you could earn up to $900 ($899) a month and not be penalized.

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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Feb 27 2007 :  6:02:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, but at the lower level they consider you in training.

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Sue-NC
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USA
354 Posts

Posted - Jul 05 2007 :  08:19:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does this ticket to work change VA benefits for RX drugs?
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Dave-OH
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USA
3961 Posts

Posted - Jul 05 2007 :  09:30:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Depends on what your priority is.

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oxygenbob
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Posted - Aug 04 2007 :  1:16:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had a tough decision to make in that I started earning the minimum but I was having trouble staying out of the hospital. Eventually the 9 trial months were used up but I wasn't well enough to earn the $1100/ per mo SSID was sending. I put off notifying them until I was able to do so but ended up having to pay them back all of the checks from the last trial month. The $ figures were even lower 7 years ago when this started. My advice is to not go off the SSID if you are not strong enough to earn the income. I was compelled to return to work because my employer was willing to wait out my recovery over 5 years and still allow me to maintain full company insurance.
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Adina-OH
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USA
267 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2007 :  3:02:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob,

I'm currently exploring this again, and it seems there are different agencies affiliated with SSDI (SSA), and they perform different functions. I noticed that there is one that pays you 75% of what THEY get from the SSA IF you are already employed and stay employed. Were you working with one of those agencies? The name of the one the SSA TTW program gave me is AAATakeCharge (web site www.worksupportpayments.com). This is (of course!) not as simple a process as they would like you to think. If this isn't the kind of company, would you please explain why you ended up owing them money? I sure don't want to risk that kind of deal.

Right now I am waiting for a call back from the Legal Servics outfit that is associated with the SSA and TTW program and who helps people sort out all their benefits and what they can keep/lose, etc. as well as your legal rights with what information you have to give an Employment Network (EN).

At this point, I'm thinking it would sure be easier just to find a bit of work on my own, as I know I can't handle full time, anyway.
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oxygenbob
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Posted - Aug 04 2007 :  6:24:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, this is new to me. I knew there was a TTW program but back when I looked into it, it sounded like it would cover training and education to get me gainfully employed. I did not know that this subsidy was part of the program. I wonder when those EN's came into being because I don't think they were there when TTW was instituted in 1999. Had I known, I could have made the transition. The only other complaint I have about this is that your SGA is based on gross pay while your payments are netted out. Do the EN's make up the difference in your net take home pay to get you to at least the same net total you were before SSID ended?
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oxygenbob
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Posted - Aug 04 2007 :  6:54:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay, I just read all that stuff about the EN's and their payment structures but I didn't see where they paid straight cash to the ticket holder. I didn't need any services, which is what I thought was the basis for it, because my employer held my job, was going to allow me to work part time and still receive full benefits.
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Dave-OH
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USA
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Posted - Aug 04 2007 :  11:42:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Under Social Security Disability you are allowed to make an amount before they are considered gainfully employed. Here is the information:

Disability beneficiaries' earnings limits: If you work while receiving disability benefits you must tell us about your earnings no matter how little you earn. You may have unlimited earnings during a trial work period of up to nine months (not necessarily in a row) and still receive full benefits. Once you have completed your nine-month trial work period, we will determine if you are still entitled to disability benefits. You also may be eligible for other work incentives to help you make the transition back to work.

Substantial Gainful Activity (Non-blind) $900 per month

Trial work period month $640 per month

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Adina-OH
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Posted - Aug 05 2007 :  08:05:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dave, I knew the basics, but there is so much more to this. For example, I'm on Medicaid and have a spend down. While - after hours and hours of searching - I DID find the Ohio Medicaid Manual online, and know the basics of how a spend down is figured, as well as the list of "exceptions," I want to make sure I'm not missing part of their "formula." Since I had once asked my social worker how they figure it, and she told me that the formula is so complicated that THEY (the DJFS) don't even know or understand it, I want to be sure. What I also discovered is that overall it's not that complicated. But since I AM dealing with government agency, I'm going to cover myself. Also the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission asked for WAY more medical/personal information than I think is either legal or appropriate. For an example, I have NO idea why they need to know my marital status and the number of kids I have in order to help me find appropriate work.
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Posted - Jan 12 2014 :  9:30:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i was glad that i open this topic , i am interesting to work at home,, i am checking now the links provided
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Dave-OH
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Posted - Jan 13 2014 :  12:04:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess you do not understand no advertising - I changed your profile. One more violation and you are gone.

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Break our rules and advertise and I doubt this is legit. BYE BYE


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