Ticket to Work

The Ticket to Work and Self Sufficiency (Ticket) Program is a Federally-funded employment program designed to provide Social Security disability beneficiaries (i.e., individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits based on disability) the choices, opportunities and support they need to enter the workforce and maintain employment with the goal of becoming economically self-supporting over time. 

How Do I Get My Ticket? 

The Ticket to Work Program is available to most Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities who meet certain criteria. SSA notifies those who are eligible to participate in the Ticket Program by issuing them a Ticket. Those receiving a Ticket are referred to as Ticket-holders. More than 11 million Ticket-holders are eligible to participate in this nationwide program and many are already working. 

Eligibility include: 

Must be at least 18 but not yet age 65 

Must be entitled based on the SSA’s disability standard for adults 

Currently receiving cash benefits with SSI and/or SSDI 

Keep Your Medicaid or Medicare 

While you participate in the Ticket to Work Program, you will keep your cash benefits and medical coverage as you transition to the workplace. In addition, Social Security has other "work incentives" that serve as a bridge between disability benefits and financial independence. You may receive: 

  • Cash benefits while you work 

  • Medicare or Medicaid while you work 

  • Help with any extra work expenses resulting from your disability 

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