Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can go back to work without losing your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If that’s not your only question, keep reading to learn more. Prefer talking to reading? Get on the phone with one of our experts.
Can I get SSDI and work at the same time?
Yes, you can receive SSDI benefits and work for a specific time period. Following that time period, you can also receive SSDI benefits for any month where your earnings fall too low.
How long can I get SSDI and work?
Through the Ticket to Work program, you can continue to receive both SSDI and earnings from work for about one year, with additional options after this first year.
Why would I go back to work if my SSDI benefits will stop?
You can earn much more money from working than you would ever get from SSDI benefits, plus you can work for a certain time and receive both your earnings and SSDI.
How much money can I earn and still keep my SSDI?
Social Security oversees how much you can earn and continue to receive SSDI benefits. During the first year you attempt to work, you may earn as much as you are capable. We can help you understand your options over time, especially if you’re able to work for longer than a year.
How do I report earnings?
You can work with an Employment Network like Allsup Employment Services to help you report your earnings. This can be a confusing process, and it’s important that you keep your records current. This ensures your SSDI benefits continue as long as they’re available for you – and that they stop before overpayments that need to be paid back.
Why do I have to keep track of my earnings?
It’s important to keep accurate records to make sure you receive the monetary monthly benefits to which you’re entitled.
What is Ticket to Work?
Ticket to Work is a program offered through the Social Security Administration (SSA) that provides you with many advantages when you go back to work, including continuing to receive SSDI income and Medicare coverage while working.
Who oversees Ticket to Work?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees Ticket to Work and relies on Employment Networks like Allsup Employment Services to provide free services to individuals like you as you return to work.
Do I have to participate in Ticket to Work to go back to work?
No, but many people make mistakes when they go back to work without the help of an Employment Network. You can miss out on important financial benefits, incentives that support your work attempt, and long-term protection for your SSDI benefits. Allsup Employment Services can help you navigate the program and ensure you get the full incentives you’re entitled to receive.
What is an Employment Network?
An Employment Network (EN) is an organization that enters into an agreement with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide services to individuals like you. Allsup Employment Services is an SSA-approved EN and is listed in their national directory.
Does it cost me anything to use an Employment Network?
No, it doesn’t cost you anything to use an Employment Network’s services. The Social Security Administration covers Employment Network costs, because they have contracts with Employment Networks to help manage the Ticket to Work program.
Do I need to use an Employment Network in my area?
Allsup Employment Services can help you no matter where you live. We offer assistance in all 50 states and U.S. territories.