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Legally Maximizing Your Disability Check - Lesson 2
"How Work Incentive Programs Could
Jim Troxel: Well, the Ticket To Work Program includes a number of new program features, a number of new kinds of benefits that definitely give people a foot up. There are also a number of work incentives that have been around for many years that, through the Ticket To Work Program, we’re trying to encourage people to take advantage of these because they’ve been under utilized, even though they’ve been available.
The way that people can learn about these programs using workWORLD is by entering their current situation data into the software and then the software because of their current situation profile will recognize that they may be eligible for one of these work incentives and will inform people of that.
So, someone might say;
Brian Therrien: So…
Jim Troxel: workWORLD informs people of the possibilities.
Brian Therrien: So, what I’m hearing is there is a variety of little secret under utilized programs out there. That a lot of people could qualify for, but they don’t know about them. With workWORLD, it’s going to spot these automatically for them. It could be something as simple as normal expenses that they are paying out of the pocket, could be now a tax deduction. Is that what I’m hearing?
Jim Troxel: They could be not considered, they could be not considered as income, for example, certain things could be disallowed or disregarded when the consideration of countable income is made on an eligibility determination. It could be any variety of different things that will make it possible for people to continue to improve their earnings, improve their work experience without jeopardizing essential benefits.
Brian Therrien: Wow!
Jim Troxel: Many of them aren’t well known or well understood and generally, aren’t used in large numbers as work incentive.
Brian Therrien: That’s probably hundreds of dollars a month, right?
Jim Troxel: Easily.
Brian Therrien: Wow. Great. Thanks for sharing that with us.
In the next lesson, Jim highlights the reasons why so many people's disability checks are just plain wrong (and how you can correct it!)
The Work World Program is comprehensive, step by step software you run on your computer to (a) determine EXACTLY how much you're entitled to given your specific disability and life situation (make sure your check is right); (b) see how your benefits might change as you go back to work or acquire other sources of income; (c) do scenario planning to make sure that when you're ready to transition OFF of disability, you'll know exactly what might happen to your benefits; (d) make sure your check is right (and correct it if it's wrong!)
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