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Will I lose my SSDI benefits if I return to work?

More and more workers are reportedly dropping out of the labor force and stopping their job searches. This trend, obviously concerning because it can will weaken the economy in the long-term, has been taking place in every state. Unfortunately, there are no signs that things will change anytime soon, and experts expect the trend to carry on through at least 2016.

Many states are attempting to address the problem by various means, including proving incentives for employers, funding training programs, and giving businesses tax benefits for helping address the issue. Hopefully these efforts are helpful in encouraging those who have dropped out of the work force.

For the Social Security Administration, it is important that beneficiaries know of their options in terms of returning to work. It is not the goal of the program to enroll people with the expectation that they will forever remain disabled. SSDI Beneficiaries who experience enough improvement in their condition to return to work are encouraged with incentives.

One of the main incentives is that there is little risk for beneficiaries who are unsure about how they will hold up after going back to work. The Social Security Administration recognizes that getting back to work involves risk and continues paying beneficiaries for a period of time even while they work. Beneficiaries also continue receiving Medicare during this time.

Those who have questions about how the Social Security Administration handles beneficiaries who return to work should either contact the agency directly or speak to an experienced SSDI attorney. 

Source: Huffington Post, “Here’s How States Are Getting Workers Back Into The Workforce,” Marsha Mercer, April 7, 2014. 

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