4807 Radford Ave #106 Richmond, VA 23230
Work Incentive Specialist Advocacy (WISA)
Social Security disability benefits include:
WISAs provide services to Social Security disability beneficiaries as authorized by the following agencies:
What are WISA Services?
The WISA explains the following to both SSDI and SSI beneficiaries:
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
SSDI provides cash and medical benefits to individuals with disabilities who are “insured” by workers’ contributions to the Social Security Trust Fund. These contributions are based on a beneficiary’s earnings (or those of their spouse or parents) as required by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), which withholds amounts from their pay check each month. Resources do not affect eligibility. Title II of the Social Security Act authorizes SSDI benefits. The cash benefit is typically received on the 3rd of the month or later. The medical insurance associated with SSDI is Medicare.
SSI is designed to help people who are elderly, have disabilities, have little to no income or resources, and it provides cash on a monthly basis to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. The Federal Government funds SSI from general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes), so eligibility is “needs based” and resources affect eligibility. Title 16 of the Social Security Act authorizes SSI benefits. The cash benefit is usually received on the 1st of the month, and the medical insurance associated with SSI is Medicaid.
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Reporting Wages to SSA
Beneficiaries agree when applying for disability benefits that they will update their local SSA office by the 10th of the month regarding any changes, including earnings, in the previous month. Beneficiaries should plan accordingly. Failure to do this regularly and completely may result in a serious overpayment of cash benefits, which SSA will want the beneficiary to repay.
4807 Radford Ave # 106,
Richmond, VA 23230
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