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- Eligibility is also based on applicant’s approved disability

* 3 months before the 18th birthday

- Contact the Social Security office for adult eligibility determination and to prevent loss of benefits

- Eligibility will be based only on applicant’s income and resources at age 18

* Over age 18 years

- Consider filing for SSI and cooperate with the Medicaid re-evaluation

- Eligibility is based on the income and resources of the applicant

- Eligibility is based upon applicant’s disability determination

* Consider taking advantage of Ticket to Work

C. Social Security Benefits as a Disabled Adult Child (SSDAC)

* Definition: An adult child who is disabled may be eligible based on the parent’s work history if the parent retires, becomes disabled and collects benefits, or if the parent is deceased

- Benefits may begin at age 18

- Medicare will take effect 24 months after this benefit begins (not before age 20)

* Payment of benefits can be sent directly to a child, under the age of 18, if the child:

- Is on active duty in the armed forces/Is living alone/Is self-supporting

- Is a parent and filed for their own or their child’s benefits

- Is within 7 months of attaining age 18

- Demonstrates the ability to handle finances and no qualified payee is available

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Appendix F: Social Security Administration (SSA) continued

D. Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI)

* Definition: Benefits may be payable if the child has enough Social Security work credits to be “insured” for disability and meets the medical criteria. The amount of work required depends on the age of the child. The minimum work credits needed is six

* Medicare will take effect after 24 months of SSDI checks

* Payment amount is based on the actual earnings of the child

Ticket to Work

* The Ticket To Work And Self-Sufficiency Program (The Ticket Program) is a new part of Social Security. It is for people who receive SSDI benefits and/or SSI benefits because of a disability. The program offers greater choices in getting the services needed to go to work and earn more money. The goal is to earn enough money so Social Security cash benefits are not needed

* Under the Ticket Program, employment, vocational, and other services can be received to assist going to work and earning more money. These services are provided by Employment Networks which are private organizations or government agencies that have agreed to work with Social Security in providing employment services to beneficiaries with disabilities (See Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach)

* www.yourtickettowork.com   

* Must be over 18 and under 65 and have a determined disability

* Must have had a re-determination from child to adult disability standard

Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

* Provides work incentive planning and assistance to beneficiaries with disabilities

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