Can I Apply for Disability Benefits While Working?
Yes, you can apply for disability benefits while working, but there are some restrictions on how much you can earn while still receiving disability benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has established a program called the Ticket to Work Program, which allows individuals to receive disability benefits while also working. The program is designed to help individuals with disabilities to gain new skills, work experience, and become self-sufficient.
Under the Ticket to Work Program, you can earn income without it affecting your disability benefits as long as your earnings do not exceed a certain limit. The limit for 2023 is $1,310 per month for non-blind individuals and $2,190 per month for blind individuals. If you earn more than these amounts, your disability benefits may be reduced or even stopped altogether.
It’s important to note that even if you are working and earning income below the limit, you must still meet the SSA’s definition of disability to be eligible for disability benefits. The SSA considers an individual disabled if they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death and prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA).
If you are considering applying for disability benefits while working, it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney or advocate to ensure that you understand the requirements and limitations of the program. They can help you navigate the application process and ensure that you present the strongest possible case for approval.