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Understanding the Ticket to Work Program

Suffering an injury in the workplace is unexpected and difficult to cope with. Not only is an individual dealing with the pain and suffering related to the injury, he or she is unable to return to work because of their current disabling condition. Temporary and permanent disabilities caused by an injury could prevent workers in New Jersey and elsewhere from maintaining an income. Thus, this is where Social Security disability benefits come in.

While SSD benefits can help offset the financial hardships caused by a disabling injury, recipients of these benefits are likely to want to return to work one day. Even if an injury prevents an individual from working for several years, it is always possible that he or she might be ready to return to work once their condition has healed or improved.

In order to promote these recipients to return to work when it is feasible, the Ticket to Work Program was devised. There are many objectives to this program, including the incentive to go back to work, get a good job that could evolve into a career, save money and become financially independent. While making this happen, SSD beneficiaries are able to keep their health coverage.

During this transition, individuals participating in the program are not only able to keep their Medicaid and Medicare benefits but also obtain some cash benefits as well. The program is designed to help those that participate. Thus, if it is determined that one cannot return to work just yet, then monthly benefit payments can resume.

No one expects to suffer such a serious injury that it will prevent him or her from working. Unfortunately, individuals across the nation find themselves in this predicament. In these cases, it is not only vital to understand what steps you can take to collect benefits but also what can be done to eventually return to work.

Source: Ssa.gov, "What is the Ticket To Work Program?," accessed Dec. 31, 2017

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