[SGA ($980 in 2009)] and you continue to have a disabling impairment, then benefits can be restarted automatically without a new application.If you are eligible for benefits on the 37th month, then you will continue to be eligible for benefits until you work a month at SGA levels or medically recover.
Disabled People Receiving Title XVI = SSI
Under SSI rules, any income that you have will likely reduce your SSI payment. In addition, your resources (money or the things you own) cannot be worth more than $2,000 for an individual or $3,000 per couple.
The amount of your SSI payments is based on how much other income you have. When your other income goes up, your SSI payments usually go down. So when you earn more than the SSI limit, your payments will stop for those months. But your payments will automatically start again for any month your income drops to less than the SSI limits as long as you are still disabled. Just tell your local Social Security office if your earnings are reduced or if you stop working.
If your only income besides SSI is the money you make from your job, then SSA does not count the first $85 of your monthly earnings. They deduct 50 cents of every dollar you earn after the $85 deduction from your SSI payments.
Here is an example: You work and earn $1,000 in a month. You receive no other income besides your earnings and your SSI. Social Security would not count the first $85 of your monthly earnings, so you would have $915 of countable income for that month. Dividing by 2 would give you $457.50.$457.50 is the amount that would be deducted from your SSI check for that month.
Disabled People No Longer Receiving DIB or SSI
Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits
If your benefits ended because you worked and had earnings, you can request to have benefits started again without having to complete a new application. You can request that benefits start again if you:
· Stopped receiving SSDI or SSI benefits because of earnings from work;
· Are not performing SGA in the month client requests reinstatement;
· Are unable to work or perform SGA because of medical condition;
· Have an impairment(s) that is the same as, or related to, the impairment(s) that allowed client to get benefits earlier; and
· Request reinstatement within 5 years from the month SSA terminated entitlement or eligibility.
While SSA determines whether you can get benefits again, SSA can give you provisional (temporary) benefits for up to 6 months. These benefits include payments and Medicare/Medicaid coverage. If SSA denies your request, they will not ask for repayment of the provisional benefits unless you knew or should have known that you did not qualify for reinstatement.
After request for expedited reinstatement has been approved, once benefits have been payable for 24 months, which do not have to be consecutive, you get a new TWP and new EPE.
We hope that this article has answered your questions about returning to work. If you need additional information or a consultation, please contact our office.