Nov 6, 2015

Ticket To Work Is A Failure

     From the Social Security Bulletin (emphasis added):
The Social Security Administration (SSA) rolled out the Ticket to Work (TTW) program between 2002 and 2004, with goals of expanding employment-related services for disability program beneficiaries and increasing program exits for work. Provider and beneficiary participation were initially low and the program did not measurably increase the extent to which beneficiaries achieved earnings sufficient to forgo benefits. In 2008, SSA revised the regulations in order to make participation more attractive to service providers, but the revisions also reduced provider incentives to help beneficiaries give up their benefits for work. Using administrative data from SSA, we find that provider and beneficiary participation increased substantially after the regulations changed, but the percentage of participants forgoing benefits for work declined. The extent to which that decline reflects the effects of the recession versus an increase in TTW program use by those with a relatively low chance of forgoing benefits for work remains unclear.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What folks don't get it that until all departments of social security buy into Ticket To Work in a big way -- TTW activity looks like fraud worthy of investigation and even prosecution. Everyone I know who tried TTW lost financial support and Medicare during pointless fraud investigations. They were all cleared, but 2 years without income and health care permanently harmed most of them.

Anonymous said...

I agree the TTW Program has no support for the person trying to find work. Most employers will not hire anyone that has a disability, or a disability history. I think the only real answer is to lift all work restrictions and let the ones that are able to work part-time work, and let them pay back into the system without fear of loosing their benefits. Most people with a permanent disability will never be able to return to full time employment, few exceptions. Most can work a twenty hour work week, which is not substantial gainful employment.

Anonymous said...

I agree completely with 6:07. As I have commented on other threads, I advise my clients to NEVER attempt to work--UNLESS they are ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that the work attempt will be completely successful and that they will NOT have to return to disability status. I haven't seen fraud investigations (unless former clients did not seek my advice), but after their brief sojourn in the working world and loss of benefits, when their impairments again caused them to become disabled, most ALJs will not respect their drive to return to work and will deny benefits with the attitude, "You were able to work for awhile, why can't you continue?"

The ability to return to work seems to exist primarily in the minds of congressmen who do not understand the definition of disability as defined by SSA as being a more or less permanent condition. Nor do they understand the amount of medical evidence required to substantiate that definition.

Anonymous said...

I have been disabled since 2002, 2005 was dnied SSDI from ALJ, even though 3 Doctors including SSA Doctor said i could not go back to Job lifting more then 5 pounds.It would have been nice if they had ask to retain me then.The Vocational expert said the only Job available for me was telemarketing.What a Joke, my spine is so messed up, Thyroidism problems,Fibromyalgia was not on list at the time.Who wants to stay home, there is no one that would hire someone with my disabilities,So after my work earnings for that period ended 2009 was given SSI.What a joke have been working since age of 14, did not Graduate from high school have learning disability, did not tell Judge.They need to ask people if they would like to be retrain , when they can not do job did before.When they became disabled?