Receiving Social Security benefits does not stop anyone from working a job if they so choose. These benefits simply help disabled and sick people pay their bills if they cannot work. But, if your injury or illness is not completely debilitating and you wish to work while receiving benefits, it is possible under the rules of the Social Security Administration (SSA).
When it comes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the SSA pays out these benefits to people who are over the age of 65, blind or disabled and who have little financial resources or income. It is possible for you to work despite your disability and still earn SSI benefits. The benefits can be earned up until the earnings, combined with any other type of income, surpasses the SSI limit. Should the SSI payments stop because of hitting the limit, Medicaid coverage should still continue.
Working with a disability can be very difficult for some. The SSA provides people an opportunity to test their disability while working. So, if they feel they cannot continue to work with the disability, they can stop working without any consequences. If the person continues to work to the point where the SSI benefits stop, but you can no longer work because of your disability, the SSA can reinstate the benefits in an expedited manner. If a request to restart benefits is made within five years after the month benefits stopped, a new application does not have to be filed.
While working with a disability, recipients of benefits might incur expenses that workers without disabilities might not. These can be for private transportation or special equipment that needs to be in the office in order for you to successfully perform your duties. These expenses might be deductible from your earnings prior to deciding if benefits should still continue from the SSA.