Plan to Work: Free Benefits Planning



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Concerned About How Income Affects Your Benefits? Plan to Work Can Help.

Plan to Work, a Washington State benefit planning project, has a a statewide call center and a network of specially trained Community Work Incentive Coordinators who provide one-on-one Benefits Analysis and Benefit Planning.

Who is Plan to Work For?

Plan to Work is a free and voluntary service available to individuals in the state of Washington (except southern counties Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla) who are currently receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration and want to work. They answer questions about how work affects benefits, and identify work incentives to support career goals.

What Does Plan to Work Do?

If you receive Social Security disability benefits and live in the state of Washington, Plan to Work can help you:

  • Understand how working will affect your cash and/or medical benefits as well as other state-specific benefits;
  • Make informed decisions about the impact of employment on your overall financial well being;
  • Develop an individualized Work Incentive plan which allows you to make informed decisions as you work towards your goal of self-sufficiency;
  • Receive support in navigating programs and services of agencies and organizations at the Federal, State, and local levels.

While Plan to Work cannot help you find a job, their trained staff will help you understand work incentives, which are special programs such as Trial Work Period, Extended Period of Eligibility, and extended Medicaid and Medicare coverage that allow you to test working without losing needed benefits. Plan to Work staff can also help connect you to resources that might help in finding work.

Ticket to Work Helpline

If you are:

  • Currently receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration

AND:

  • Thinking about working someday or…
  • In job training that will last for a year or more or …
  • Currently working very little and planning to continue working very little or …
  • Searching for jobs on occasion or …
  • Receiving services from an Employment Network, Vocational Rehabilitation agency or other provider with a year or more of job preparation remaining before work …

Call the Ticket to Work Helpline, at (866) 968-7842.

Learn More About Plan to Work and Ticket to Work

Visit the Plan to Work website or call (866) 497-9443 for assistance for individuals living in Washington State (except southern counties Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla).

Call the Ticket to Work Helpline from any county for information and assistance: (866) 968-7842.

 

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