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What is the unemployment Ticket to Work Program?

The Ticket to Work program was created in 1999.

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It is intended to help disabled people go back to work without risking loosing their benefits.


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What is the Ticket to Work program?

The Ticket to Work program helps people with disabilities get back to work. Being able to work and having a job will exclude someone from getting SSDI payments. However, this program can help disabled people get back to work without the risk of losing their benefits. Anyone who gets SSDI payments and is between 18 and 64 can apply. Find additional details here.

This program also allows uninterrupted access to Medicare or Medicaid coverage as long as the premium is paid. This can continue for up to 93 months after Social Security payments have ended.

The program is entirely voluntary and is different from a trial work period. With the Ticket to Work program, the disabled person is allowed to work a certain amount of months in a 5 year period. If they work over the limit, they will no longer be considered disabled.

If you want to apply, you must call. Currently, there is no online option. Call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) and you will be given a ticket number and work placement through an employment network or vocational rehabilitation facility.


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