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People on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) who go to work have more money to spend. They can also keep Medicaid coverage while working. This toolkit will help you understand how wages impact SSI. You will learn about the special tools, called work incentives, that let you keep more of your SSI when you work.

This toolkit helps individuals with disabilities, family members of individuals with disabilities, and professionals who assist people with disabilities. Written by Debora Wagner, an instructor at the Work Incentive Support Center at Cornell University, the toolkit provides essential information, examples, and case studies. It also offers quizzes that help you interact with the material in a fun way, and summaries that provide just the most important facts.

The seven tools are:

  1. SSI Eligibility & Appeals
  2. Medical CDRs & Age-18 Redeterminations
  3. Income & Resources
  4. Using SSI Work Incentives
  5. Considerations for Youth
  6. Medicaid & Work
  7. SSI Exclusions for Building Assets
  8. Social Security Overpayments

The toolkit also has a More Info page developed by our experts and an SSI Exclusions page that goes beyond the exclusions discussed elsewhere in this toolkit.

Want to know more?

The Work Incentive Support Center offers online training and credentialing on these topics—the instruction is aimed at people working as work incentives planners, benefits counselors, and financial advisors. The center offers general training along with special add-on courses about youth and Veterans. You can find details at YTIOnline.