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Thread: Soc. Sec. Trial Work Period

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    Soc. Sec. Trial Work Period

    Hay anyone had any experience with the 9 month trial work period while on SSDI? Will they notify you when they are going to remove you from SSDI? I notified Social Security after I started work so as to start my trial work period and now I am done and I just received another SSDI check. I was just wondering if I have to call them again to say 9 months is up and I'm still working. Any info will be great. Thanks.

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    Yes, tug, it's prudent to inform SS--phone them (document when and whom you spoke with) and follow up with a letter, otherwise they might not catch it for months. Above all--do not spend the SSDI funds sent in error--you will have to reimburse them.


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    Thanks. That's what I thought.

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    Yeah, 1 month before your benefits are supposed to be over, start calling. (Actually it is a 12 month period in total). And keep calling, and calling, and calling. I managed to only get overpaid by 5 months using this technique, but I have heard of longer periods out there. Still have yet to get the bill for those 5 months, I am sure they will suprise me in a few years about that .

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    it is very important you communicate via letter in case you need to prove something later. my son was born in 1992 and at the time i was on ssdi which made him eligible to receive half my benefit. unf. i didn't communicate via letter for a year, so my first letter from ss that referred to my son was dated 1993. in 1996, since i had that letter as proof they knew of my son, they had to backpay me a whole lotta $$$. unf., i lost a year's worth of checks as there was no "proof" they were notified. do not rely on phone calls!

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    If you transition in via Ticket to Work program, you are alotted longer than the traditional trial work period. I would urge anyone who wants to return to work to access this underutilized program. Each state has offices to assist you with the Ticket to Work program.
    Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

    The BPAO Program

    The Social Security Administration (SSA), as authorized by the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, awarded 116 cooperative agreements to a variety of community organizations called Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach (BPAO) projects. These BPAO projects provide all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities (including transition-to-work aged youth) access to benefits planning and assistance services. Cooperative agreements were awarded throughout every State, The District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
    The Goal of the BPAO Program

    The goal of the Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach (BPAO) Program is to better enable SSA`s beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work. Each BPAO Project has Benefits Specialists who will:

    Provide work incentives planning and assistance to SSA`s beneficiaries with disabilities
    Conduct outreach efforts to those beneficiaries (and their families), who are potentially eligible to participate in Federal or State work incentives programs; and
    Work in cooperation with Federal, State, and private agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve beneficiaries with disabilities.

    Training the BPAO Benefits Specialist on Social Security Work Incentives

    SSA has contracted with Cornell University, Virginia Commonwealth University , and the University of Missouri-Columbia, to provide technical assistance and training to all BPAO Benefits Specialists on SSA`s disability programs and work incentives, the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and on other Federal work incentives programs.

    BPAO Program awardees must provide training and technical assistance to their Benefits Specialists about their own State and local programs and their effects on other programs` eligibility and benefits.
    BPAO Agencies by State
    For more specific information, visit the state-by-state contact list.
    Contacting Social Security with Questions About the BPAO Program

    If you have questions about the BPAO Program, you can write to:

    Social Security Administration
    Office of Employment Support Programs
    6401 Security Boulevard
    107 Altmeyer Building
    Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
    State Chart of Work Incentives Activities

    Information for:
    Youth With Disabilities
    Service Providers

    General Information on:
    About Us
    What`s New
    The Work Site Questions & Help
    The Work Site Search
    Resources Toolkit
    Ticket To Work
    The chart below contains links to information on initiatives, activities, and programs that can help people with disabilities who want to work. This includes information on the Ticket-to-Work Program, demonstration projects, cooperative agreements, and grants. Also, at the bottom of the chart there are links to resource information.

    For information on what is going on in your State, select the appropriate State link from the chart below. For general State resource links click here
    Last edited by cheesecake; 01-05-2006 at 09:22 PM.
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    I paid back about $1200 or so. Keep all your letters. My favorite was the letter that said I was no longer disabled anymore since I was making "substantial" wages. heh. substantial at that time was like 8/hr lol.
    Keep the faith!

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    Thanks again for all the responses. I will begin calling and writing. Believe me I know the importance of keeping all paper work. Also, I am in the Ticket to Work program so I will inquire about that as well.

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