Title II Work Incentives and Medicare


SSA implements several protections to support the return to work of SSDI beneficiaries beyond IRWE, Subsidies and Special Conditions. Individuals who receive SSDI and meet certain criteria are provided protections from Continuing Disability Reviews as well as Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits should attempts at work prove unsuccessful. These additional considerations are meant to remove common obstacles to returning to work and debunk ongoing "urban legends" surrounding detachment from entitlements. For those entitled to SSDI, Medicare is provided as a health insurance program following a 24-month waiting period following entitlement. SSA provides for extended Medicare coverage when a beneficiary attempts work for significant periods of time.

Key Topics

  • Unsuccessful Work Attempts
  • Continuing Disability Review (CDR) Protections
  • Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits (EXR)
  • Medicare Coverage
  • Two-Part Medicare
  • Extended Medicare Coverage
  • Medicare Buy-Back Option

Special Features

Through the use of PowerPoint, lecture and written materials, participants will gain information that will assist SSDI beneficiaries who wish to return to work at any level of activity. Proper planning and information is critical to this effort and participants will gain the knowledge necessary to help ease this transition. Online polling will be used to test participant knowledge. A preparatory reading assignment will be provided and is required.

Who Will Benefit

Social workers, advocates, attorneys, rehabilitation workers and job placement personnel will gain knowledge to assist their consumers plan and execute a return to work effort. Learn the answers to the questions involved with return to work for SSDI beneficiaries, particularly those concerning necessary health-care benefits.