Thinking About Work


Benefits Specialists

Benefits Specialists look at the total picture for the individual and the family. Never rely on hearsay or people who are only a little familiar with benefits. Many people are misinformed about wages and benefits and make major life decisions based on incorrect information. Work is important, but from a financial perspective, the more important goal is maximizing income. A Benefits Specialist can help to identify all the assets and income and how they are affected by wages, how to manage some possible incentives and in effect, maximize income.

There are now 83 Social Security Administration-funded Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Programs across the country. Some vocational rehabilitation, mental health and other primate agencies also may offer benefits counseling. The Social Security Help Line is a national, toll-free call center for Social Security beneficiaries seeking return-to-work information, support, and services. The Help Line is 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

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