Transitioning Back to Work – SSDI Only
There are a number of Work Incentives that are available specifically for people who are receiving
SSDI benefits. Those incentives can include a continuation of your cash SSDI benefits, continuation of
Medicare benefits, and help with education, training, and rehabilitation to start in a new line of work.
Trial Work Period (TWP):
The Trial Work Period allows you to work for 9 months, while receiving full SSDI benefits, regardless of how high your earnings are within that period as long as you still have a disability. The months do not have to be consecutive, the TWP continues until you use up 9 cumulative TWP months within a 60-month period.
- If you work and earn less than $1,050 (in 2023), it doesn’t = TWP month
- If you work and earn more than $1,050 = TWP month
At the end of the 9-month TRP, SSA will review your earnings. If your average monthly earnings during the TWP were at or above $1,470 (in 2023), then your benefits will end. If your average monthly earnings during the TWP were below $1,470 (in 2023), your benefits will continue.