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ERIC Number: ED476218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 7
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Work Incentives and the Transition to Work in Rural Areas.
Holt, Judith M.; Sheen, Jeff; Chambless, Catherine
"Work incentives" encourage and support individuals with disabilities in their efforts to seek employment and have been formalized in federal legislation and regulations, including the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act (TWWIIA). In October 2000, Utah received a 4-year federal grant to change the state's systems of work incentives and supports for individuals with significant disabilities, particularly those receiving Social Security benefits. A major effort under this grant involves providing consumers, state agency staff, and service providers with training and practical knowledge about the new Social Security and Medicaid work incentives authorized under TWWIIA. This training is particularly important in rural areas, where individuals with disabilities are impeded from work by fewer employment opportunities, lack of services and supports, and lack of transportation. This article describes the new work incentives resulting from TWWIIA, as well as previously existing Social Security incentives. Although presented with examples from rural Utah, most information is applicable nationwide. Sections cover Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach, expanded Medicaid health coverage (Medicaid Work Incentive), Employment Related Personal Assistance, Ticket to Work, protection and advocacy systems, Plan for Achieving Self Support, Student Earned Income Exclusion, Impairment Related Work Expense, and "subsidies" to increase beneficiaries' monthly earnings while not reducing Social Security benefits. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security Disability Insurance