July 27, 2018

YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY | Davenport, Iowa Office

By Linda Clayton-Powell
Social Security District Manager
Davenport, Iowa


While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — it gives them purpose and pride — it’s a connection to community. If you’re getting Social Security disability benefits, we have good news for you. Social Security’s work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you if you’re interested in working. Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments.

The Ticket to Work program may help you if you’d like to work. You can receive:

  • Free vocational rehabilitation;
  • Training;
  • Job referrals; and
  • Other employment support.

You can read more about working while collecting disability benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/work.

Work incentives include:

  • Continued cash benefits for a time while you work;
  • Continued Medicare or Medicaid while you work; and
  • Help with education, training, and rehabilitation to start a new line of work.

If you’re receiving Social Security disability benefits or SSI, let us know right away when you start or stop working, or if any other change occurs that could affect your benefits.

If you returned to work, but you can’t continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again — you may not have to file a new application.

You can read more about the Ticket to Work program in the publication titled “Working While Disabled: How We Can Help” at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10095.pdf.

Part of securing today and tomorrow is giving you the tools to create a fulfilling life. Getting back to work might be part of that. We’re here with a ticket to a secure tomorrow.


We named our blog Social Security Matters for a few reasons. Yes, we matter to millions of people. And the matters we write about—from policy changes to new programs—from online my Social Security features to popular baby names—are topics that affect you in one way or another.

Our blogs provide a lot of information about our programs and services as well as our easy to use tools that can help you plan for retirement or do business with us from the comfort of your home.  So, we’d like to share our most informative blog posts from this past year. As you peruse these posts, consider sharing them with friends and family.

  • Medicare or Medicaid? We know this can be a little confusing, so we broke down the differences for you in easy to understand terms at blog.ssa.gov/is-it-medicare-or-medicaid.
  • Estimating your benefits is easy with our online calculators. It only takes a few minutes to see what your years of work will add up to at blog.ssa.gov/estimate-your-benefits-today-for-a-secure-tomorrow.
  • The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the current and projected financial status of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds. Read more at blog.ssa.gov/social-security-2018-trustees-report.
  • In one infographic, we show you how easy it is to create a secure my Social Security account at blog.ssa.gov/how-to-create-a-my-social-security-account.
  • We released our list of most popular baby names for 2017! Read them at blog.ssa.gov/just-arrived-introducing-social-securitys-top-10-baby-names-of-2017.
  • Want to know how to increase your benefits beyond retirement age? We break it down here: blog.ssa.gov/how-you-can-grow-your-social-security-benefits-beyond-retirement-age.
  • Do you need to replace a lost Social Security card? You may be able to do it online using your my Social Security account. Find out more at blog.ssa.gov/1-million-social-security-replacement-cards-and-counting.
  • Want to know three things you can do right now to prepare for retirement? Taking these steps today will give you a head start at blog.ssa.gov/3-things-you-can-do-to-prepare-for-retirement-right-now.

Information is power. Being informed is what matters most when you’re making decisions that will affect you and your loved ones for a lifetime. You can always visit our main page and find what matters most to you at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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