What are Work Incentives?

One of the Social Security Administration’s highest priorities is to help people with disabilities achieve independence by helping them to take advantage of employment opportunities.  Work incentives are rules intended to help disabled and blind SSI beneficiaries go to work by minimizing the risk of losing their SSI or Medicaid benefits.

Missourians also have access to a free disability benefits calculator. Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. This site can help you plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is the centerpiece of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. This program provides Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program, Social Security issues symbolic Tickets to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may assign those Tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services. In 2010, the Division of Developmental Disabilities became the first state DD agency in the nation to become an employment network. Individuals supported by the division may assign their ticket to us or another employment network in the state. Individuals may also place their ticket in use with the state Vocational Rehabilitation agency and then reassign their ticket to the Division upon termination/completion of VR services. Additional information about ticket to work follows:

One part of the Federal Ticket to Work legislation allows States to create a medical program so people with disabilities who are working can buy into Medicaid for their health care coverage. In MIssouri, that program is called the Ticket to Work Health Assurance (TWHA) program. Basic information about TWHA can be found below:

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