Webinar Events

Work Incentives for SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries

The SD Benefits Specialist Network is excited to be able to offer our yearly Work Incentives training virtually! There will be three webinars offered throughout May that will cover SSI and Medicaid, SSDI and Medicare, and Other Public Benefits and Overpayments. Each webinar will be about 2 1/2 hours long and CESP credits will still available upon completion of the evaluation for the session. Registration links are below and we encourage you to register as soon as possible as registration is limited to 100 participants for each webinar. All three webinars will be recorded and able to viewed at a later date if you are unable to attend on the date they are scheduled or we are over our participant limit. We hope you are able to join us!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tynell Millner, tmillner@bhssc.org or 605-280-4347.

Register

SSI and Medicaid

We will provide a detailed explanation of the SSI check calculation when countable earned and unearned income is a factor, as well as Work Incentives. We will also discuss Medicaid work incentives for SSI beneficiaries, including 1619(b).

When: May 7, 2020 02:00 – 4:30 PM Central Time

Register in advance for this meeting:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvd-iorjIpG9aIsiYSM0-QwqlxjvQRbvAJ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

SSDI and Medicare

We will provide a detailed explanation of the rules governing what happens to an individual’s SSDI check when he or she returns to work. We will also discuss continued access to healthcare, as that is usually the top concern of SSDI beneficiaries returning to work. 

When: May 12, 2020 02:00 – 4:30 PM Central Time

Register in advance for this meeting:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvd-6rrzkoHtFuaKLkpLZhfd6psDxYgAd9  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Other Public Benefits and Overpayments

We will provide a general overview of other public benefit programs that are impacted by employment income, such as HUD, SNAP, and Unemployment Insurance. We will also review strategies for dealing with overpayments that result from work activity.

When: May 19, 2020 02:00 – 4:00 PM Central Time

Register in advance for this meeting:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kde-qrzIqE9KtaHQkLjch0xnQnGTmoJl-  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Tips for using Zoom:

  1. You will be sent a link to join the meeting once you register.  Simply click on this link to join the meeting.
  2. You will have options to join using computer audio or call-in.  Either is fine.
  3. You will be muted automatically.  To ask a question, you will need to unmute yourself or type the question in the chat box.
If you need accommodations for the webinars, please email or call Tynell Millner with those request 2 weeks prior to the webinar.
tmillner@bhssc.org or 605-280-4347

Who should attend?

Employment service providers, VR counselors/supervisors, Mental Health Center and Community Support Provider staff, case managers, state agency staff, and other professionals who work with people with disabilities.

Learn more about:

  • Social Security eligibility process
  • How income from employment impacts eligibility for SSI and SSDI from Social Security, health insurance from Medicare, Medicaid, and other public health programs
  • Key Social Security Administration work incentives and how they can be utilized to support individuals with disabilities in employment
  • “Conversational knowledge” of the impact of employment on public benefits and how best to communicate these concepts to beneficiaries
  • Identifying and referring to programs providing benefits counseling services such as the South Dakota Benefits Specialist Network

Work Incentives

Over time, state and federal rules and regulations, called “work incentives” have been implemented to encourage individuals who receive Social Security cash benefits (Social Security Disability Insurance/SSDI or Supplemental Security Income/SSI) to gain or maintain employment. These work incentives have made it easier to transition to employment by allowing continued access to healthcare and not necessarily stopping benefits completely or abruptly when a person returns to or continues employment. Many of these work incentives are underutilized or unknown by beneficiaries, state agency staff, and service providers. The purpose of this training is to change that. In this training, participants will gain a practical understanding of these work incentives. But, more importantly, this training aims to help service providers and agency staff integrate this knowledge into their day-to-day work.