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What is the Ticket to Work Program?

Ticket to Work.  The Social Security Administration has a program to help disabled individuals return to work known as the Ticket to Work program. See This program applies to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Phase 1 of the Ticket to Work program is a Trial Work Period (TWP). During TWP the individual receives full SSDI benefits regardless of earnings. TWP starts when gross earnings exceed $840/month. It continues until the individual accumulates 9 TWP service months (not necessarily consecutive) within a 60 month period. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not conduct continuing disability reviews during TWP. Further, Medicare coverage will continue for 93 months (7 years, 9 months) after the 9 month TWP. Phase 2 of the Ticket [...]

August 27th, 2019|

How do Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits differ from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits? (updated May 21, 2019)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Every worker has a FICA deduction withheld from his/her paycheck. A portion of this deduction is used to fund the Social Security disability benefits program. SSDI is a disability insurance program for workers. A worker pays into the Social Security system, and in return the worker is eligible for disability benefits in the event he/she becomes unable to work. […]

May 21st, 2019|

Its a Matter of Life and Death

According to an article published in the Washington Post on November 20, 2017, 10,002 people died in fiscal year 2017 while waiting on a disability judge’s decision. One of those individuals was my client Joseph Tyson. […]

November 21st, 2017|

SSI Regulations (updated 9/7/17)

In order to be eligible for SSI disability benefits, an individual must meet Resource and Income limits set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If the limits are not met, the individual can NOT receive benefits even if he or she is disabled. A summary of the regulations is set forth below. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Reasons for Appeals Council Remands

If a disability Judge (referred to as an ALJ) denies your case, you may appeal by filing a Request for Review by Social Security’s Appeals Council (AC). You do not appear before the AC. Your attorney will send a legal argument to the AC which will review the entire record. If the AC finds your appeal has merit, it will order another Hearing be held. It is unusual for the AC to directly award disability benefits. […]

January 9th, 2018|

Fayetteville ODAR long delays

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) based in Fayetteville, North Carolina is experiencing extremely long delays in holding disability hearings. The cause for this delay is a shortage of administrative law judges (ALJs). […]

January 9th, 2018|

When is the best time to file for SSDI?

When is the best time to file for SSDI?  Over the past 38 years I have been asked this question hundreds of times. It is a difficult question to an individual struggling to work while experiencing severe medical problems. Here are some thoughts to consider as you ponder this decision. […]

November 1st, 2019|


“Neurofibromatosis Type 2 is a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in the nervous system. The most common tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type 2 are called vestibular schwannomas or acoustic neuromas. These growths develop along the nerve that carries information from the inner ear to the brain (the auditory nerve). […]

January 9th, 2018|

Bipolar Disorder

One type of mental illness is Bipolar Disorder. It is also often referred to as Manic Depressive Disorder. This illness is characterized by wide mood swings, ranging from a deep depression to a very high energy state called mania. […]

January 9th, 2018|