An Honest, Clear Voice In SSI/SSDI Care

SSA must assess a plan to work for those getting SSI benefits

On Behalf of | Oct 31, 2019 | Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

While Supplemental Security Income is a program for those who are 65 and older, blind, disabled and have limited income and resources, it does not mean that a person who is getting these benefits cannot work. Many Oklahomans who need SSI-related benefits can do certain jobs, have various capabilities and want to try to get back in the workforce. For those in this category, the Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) is in place. While there are certain criteria for PASS, one important part of the process is for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to evaluate the plan. For help with this or any other part of PASS, it is wise to have legal advice.

When applying to take part in PASS, there will be a plan for self-support. An expert from the SSA will do the following: assess the plan to ensure it is complete; determine if there is a good possibility that the person will achieve his or her goals with the plan; determine if the expenses that were listed are needed for the person to reach the goal and if the prices are reasonable; decide if there are changes that must be made and talk to the person about them; and send a letter of approval or denial. If it is approved, the expert will contact the person on occasion to make sure the plan is being adhered to.

The plan might be denied. If that is the case, the person can file an appeal. After an unsuccessful appeal or because the plan needs to be changed, the person can submit a new plan. Even if the plan is approved, changes can be made. To do so, the SSA must approve the changes. These changes can be due to money, expenses and more. These will also be reviewed by an expert and the applicant will be informed of the decision.

Earned income impacts the amount of SSI benefits a person gets, but with PASS, resources can be used to help bring a plan to fruition without it affecting SSI. It is wise to have a comprehensive plan before moving forward, but those who want to work and maintain their SSI benefits can do so through this program. With PASS or any other consideration in a SSI Supplemental Security Income case, legal advice can be critical. Calling for a consultation may help with this or any other aspect of SSI.