National Disability Forum: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Ticket to Work

National Disability Forum:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Ticket to Work

National Education Association Washington, D.C. 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


A Forum for All Interested Disability Stakeholders

SSA designed the National Disability Forum meetings to give all interested stakeholders an opportunity to share their unique insights on topics of particular interest to SSA early in the process and directly with policy makers. Further, it provides an opportunity for stakeholders to hear from one another. Open to anyone interested, the National Disability Forum is not intended to be a means for reaching agreement on an issue, and SSA’s participation is only for the purpose of gaining insight through listening.


We are soliciting public input on whether and how we might revise the current Ticket to Work program rules. The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 established the Ticket to Work program to allow individuals with disabilities to seek services to obtain and retain employment in order to reduce dependency on cash benefit programs. In creating the program, Congress found that eliminating barriers to work and providing individuals with real choice in obtaining services and technology to find, enter, and maintain employment can greatly improve the short and long-term financial independence and personal well-being of our beneficiaries.


We want to explore improving our Ticket to Work program as part of our ongoing effort to help our beneficiaries find and maintain employment that leads to increased independence and enhanced productivity. If we propose specific revisions to our regulations, we will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register.


Please review all sixteen (16) questions below:

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Regulatory Comments

Given the current Ticket to Work regulations, what changes would you make to the payment policies, partnership plus, ticket eligibility, and timely progress review?

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Pharmaceutical financial help for Medicare patients

Allow pharmaceutical companies to provide financial support to Meidcare patients to purchase expensive MS medication. I currently get support since I have private insurance. But financial support goes away when I transfer to Medicare.

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Ticket to Work

Fund more benefit planners with Workforce experience that have a mandated partnership at local SSA offices to assist with employment / wage reporting and any disputes. Creating a more direct line of communication, Workforce can assist with getting the correct information out there.

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Communications from SSA

It would be great if any communication in regards to going back to work from SSA were more positively worded. When people receive mail like their work activity reports they are scary and intimidating, maybe if they were more welcoming people wouldn't feel like they were doing something wrong by trying to go to work.

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Question 5

What incentives could we offer ENs for collaborating effectively with employers, VR agencies, public work force systems, WIPAs and other entities assisting our disability beneficiaries?

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Question 6

How could the program encourage youth with disabilities to pursue apprenticeships, career development programs, post-secondary education, and other work-related opportunities in a manner similar to their peers without disabilities?

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Question 7

How could ENs become integral to transition planning with youth who have disabilities, their families, and local schools?

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Question 8

Would offering beneficiaries financial education and planning services be appropriate for the program? If so, how could we accomplish this through changes to the program regulations?

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