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Social Security/SSI/SSDI Beneficiaries

Work Incentives

Below are common work incentives that SSI/SSDI beneficiaries may qualify for if they are receiving SSI or SSDI due to their disability. However, eligibility for these incentives varies. If you have questions or want to know if you would qualify for one or more of the below incentives, please talk to your DVR counselor about receiving a benefit analysis.

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Ticket to Work

If you receive SSDI or SSI due to a disability and are between the age of 18 and 64, you automatically have the Ticket to Work from the Social Security Administration. If you want to go to work, you can use this Ticket to Work to get employment services from DVR. The goal of Ticket to Work is to help you go to work so that you will not need SSI or SSDI. The link below is to some frequently asked questions regarding the Ticket to Work.

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Timely Progress Requirements (TPR):

Partnership Plus

These links provide information to staff regarding what Partnership Plus is and how it can be a benefit to serving DVR consumers.


PASS stands for “Plan to Achieve Self Support”. This program, if approved by Social Security, would allow you to save money from other incomes beside your SSI/SSDI check to pay for things needed to achieve your employment goal. View the links below for more information regarding the requirements and limitation of this work incentive.


MAPP stands for “Medicaid Purchase Plan”. This program allows individuals that may no longer qualify for Medicaid (due to working) to purchase their Medicaid. Refer to the links below for more information regarding the requirements and limitations of this work incentive.


IRWE stands for “Impairment Related Work Expenses”. This program allows qualified individuals to subtract out work expense related to their employment from their wages before the wages are counted towards their benefit payment. Refer to the links below for more information regarding the requirements and limitations of this work incentive.

Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE)

Below are links to the Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) put on by the Social Security Administration. These seminars are great at explaining work incentives available to individuals that get both SSI and SSDI and how they can help individuals return to work. These seminars are also archived and available for viewing at a later date if you are not able to attend at the actual air time.

Additional Links on Work Incentives

The below links provide additional information on work incentives in great depth. There is also information on topics such as Expedited Reinstatement, Subsidy and Special Conditions, and Unsuccessful Work Attempts.

Benefits Planning Query (BPQY) & Consent Form

The BPQY can be useful in getting basic information and for learning things such as if the consumer is in the BOND program. However, please note that DVR counselors are not Benefit Specialist and should always offer a Benefit Analysis to consumers getting benefits due to a disability to avoid things such as overpayment to the consumer or a surprise lose of benefits such as medical or state benefits.

Disability Determination Bureau (DDB)

These links provide additional information about who may qualify for disability benefits.

Medical Programs

The following links provide information on what Medicare is, who qualifies, how long it takes to get Medicare if on SSDI, the different parts of Medicare along with information on how it is different from Medicaid. There is also a number provided for those who have questions after reading the provided material.



The following links provide information on what Medicaid is, who qualifies, different Medicaid programs within the State of Wisconsin, along with a link to apply online for this service.

State Programs

The link below provides information on other programs that might be available to Wisconsin residents that might be helpful to them.


Below is a link for the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amounts. This amount changes each year and is different for blind and non-blind individuals. This amount is important to understand as a person who is earning more than the monthly amount (net of impairment-related work expenses) is ordinarily considered to be engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity and no longer requires benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

The links below provides information on SSI and how the payment is broken down from State and Federal. It is important to understand this link is for Supplement Security Income NOT Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

General Social Security & TTW Resources/Information

The following are general resource links for both SSI and SSDI including a handbook and the Red Book.

If you are interested in applying for DVR services, you can contact your local office or apply on-line. For additional information, contact: