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Are you employed or preparing to work?

Many individuals with disabilities fear that work activity will result in an immediate loss of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cash benefits, or a loss of health insurance through Medicaid or Medicare. Talking with a knowledgeable Community Work Incentive Coordinator (Benefits Specialist) can ease some of the worry and help with planning.

How can Starbridge help you?

Starbridge can help individuals who are pursuing work goals to take advantage of special work incentives that will, in many cases, allow them to retain cash benefits, Medicaid or Medicare. Our Community Work Incentive Coordinators (Benefits Specialists) can provide information, advice, and benefits planning services, including such topics as –

  • SSI budgeting rules and SSI rules for disregarding a portion of earned income
  • SSI’s PASS (Plan for Achieving Self Support)
  • SSDI’s trial work period, extended period of eligibility, and expedited reinstatement provisions
  • The 1619(b) Medicaid and extended Medicare provisions
  • The Medicaid buy-in program

How do you get started?

Social Security’s Ticket to Work help line and website are good resources for answering many of the most common questions about benefits.

By phone: call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Mon-Fri 8am-8pm

By email: support@choosework.ssa.gov

Website: https://choosework.ssa.gov/

Ticket to Work representatives will be available to answer questions and then may refer you to one of Starbridge’s Community Work Incentive Coordinators.


Starbridge is a partner in the Work Incentives and Benefits Advisement Project of Western New York (WIBA).WIBA is primarily funded through the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) grant.  The WIPA grant is 100 percent funded by the Social Security Administration under Grant #14-W-50065-2-01. The project partners are Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Independent Living of Niagara County, Southwestern Independent Living Center, and Starbridge.  We also provide benefits advisement through referrals from two state vocational rehabilitation agencies, ACCES-VR and the NYS Commission for the Blind.