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Work Incentives Planning and Assistance is a project that helps Social Security Administration (Social Security) disability beneficiaries to understand and use work incentives to start or return to work.

A Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC) works individually with people who are currently working or seeking employment and helps them plan, through using work incentives, to build a more secure financial future and better life.


What is Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)?

WIPA is a step by step process to assist people with disabilities, receiving benefits from Social Security, with understanding how employment will affect their Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and other benefits they may receive. WIPA also helps beneficiaries to understand how they can increase their financial independence.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to receive WIPA services you must be:

        receiving benefits from Social Security based on a disability (SSDI or SSI),

        at least 14 years old,

        not yet eligible to receive full retirement benefits,

        and employed, or considering employment.


What can WIPA do for me?

You will work with a Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC), who will help you to understand, and plan for, the affect employment may have on your benefits, including:


        Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cash benefits

        Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)



        Other Health or Disability Insurance

        Unemployment Benefits

        Veterans Benefits

        Housing Subsidies

        Food Assistance


Your CWIC will assist you through the development of a Work Incentives Plan so that you can make the best use of the many options available to support your employment goals.


How can I learn more?

By Phone:  For general information, or to determine if you qualify for WIPA services, you can contact the Ticket to Work Helpline at 1-866-968-78742, or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

Online:  You can find out more about work incentives, the WIPA program, and explore additional resources at www.socialsecurity.gov/work.

Locally:  You can contact the organization providing WIPA services in your county by clicking on the county you live in here.

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