The 1619(a) work incentive allows you to have earned income over the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amount without losing your continuing eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To qualify for this work incentive, you must:
· Have been eligible for and received an SSI payment based on disability for at least 1 month before you began working at the SGA level;
· Still be disabled; and
· Meet all other eligibility rules, including the income and resources tests.
Your eligibility for SSI will continue for as long as you meet the basic eligibility requirements and the income and resources tests. SSA will continue to figure your SSI payment amount in the same way as it does for earnings under the SGA amount, by reducing your cash benefit by $1 for every $2 of earnings.
SGA is not a part of the calculation for when the 1 for 2 check reduction starts. SSA always reduces your cash benefit by $1 for each $2 of earnings that are over the $65 Earned Income Exclusion (plus any part of the $20 General Income Exclusion not applied to unearned income).
If your state provides Medicaid to individuals on SSI, you will continue to be eligible for Medicaid. When you reach earnings that cause your cash benefit to go to zero, you can continue to receive Medicaid coverage under the 1619(b) work incentive.
SSI Work Incentives
Work Incentives Overview
SSA Red Book
SSA POMS - SI 02302.010 1619 Policy Principles:
SSA POMS - DI 13010.110 Return to Work Within A Year Of Onset (Title XVI):
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