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How might work affect my benefits?

The website www.pathwaystoemployment.wa.gov has a "benefits estimator" that you can use to get an idea of how your benefits will affected by going to work. Note that this will give you only an estimate. To get a more accurate estimate consult a trained benefits counselor when you are planning to return to work. In NSMHA’s region trained benefits counselors are available to people enrolled in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Division of Developmental Disabilities. At this time, professionally trained benefits counseling is not available to people not enrolled in one of these agencies.

To get an idea of what a benefits counselor does go to this website:

An on-line book written by consumers explains what happens to benefits if you work. That book is available at: http://www.hogg.utexas.edu/uploads/documents/Work_and_Benefits.pdf

An accompanying video is available at: http://player.vimeo.com/video/14406230?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

Many people who receive Medicaid worry about whether they will have medical insurance if they return to work. There are medical insurance programs for people who work, don't receive medial insurance, and can't afford it without help. You can find out more about such programs at: http://hrsa.dshs.wa.gov/Eligibility/HWD.htm

You can get counseling about how work will affect your benefits over the phone. For more information go to: http://www.plantowork.org

Joe Entwisle - a man who has a disability - talks about working and keepint Medicaid at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-entwisle/disabled-people-working_b_2078762.html

At http://www.ct.gov/consumercorner/lib/consumercorner/employment/real_work_for_real_pay_benefits_guide.pdf you can find a downloadable booklet that talks in detail about work and benefits as well as how to manage your benefits once you are working.

For a brief summary of how to keep benefits and work, see the pamphlet 'How to work and win' at http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/consumer_affairs/resources/HowTo.pdf

http://usodep.blogs/govdelivery.com/2013/06/07/three-tips-for-increasing-employment-opportunities-for-people-with-disabilities/ blogs related to disability and employment (and many other issues) can be found here. You can ask questions, read currently active blogs or search the archives. A well-organized website.


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