We are the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) project for Maryland.
What is a WIPA project? It is a program created and funded by Social Security to help disability beneficiaries understand and use the work incentives available to them. Translation: If you have thought that you would like to work, but don't want to do anything that would mess up your disability benefits, come talk to us. Many disability beneficiaries won't work or limit their earnings for fear of losing their benefits. Our goal is to let you know that you can work and increase your income and become more independent.
SSA administers two types of disability benefits: SSI and SSDI.
One of the most powerful work incentives is the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program which is Maryland's Medicaid Buy-in. Any person who has a disability that meets Social Security's criteria and who is working can use this program. For someone who has no other benefits, this can provide very valuable health coverage under Medicaid, or as we call it in Maryland, Medical Assistance. You can apply online or contact an organization near you for assistance. Read SSI Work Incentives.
Another work incentive that can be very helpful is called a Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS).
Our team consists of Community Work Incentives Coordinators who are extensively trained in the work incentives not only for Social Security benefits, but for housing, food stamps and other benefits administered by the State of Maryland as well.
If you are just beginning to think about going to work and have some questions about how work it may affect your benefits, you can get some basic information by calling the Ticket to Work Helpline at 1-866-968-7842.. You could also e-mail us. We will be happy to help you.
This document is funded through a Social Security cooperative agreement.