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What is Work Incentives Planning and Assistance

We are a federally funded program created to help individuals receiving SSI/SSDI make informed choices about being employed.

If you are working, have a job offer or ready to start employment, we will help you understand how working is affecting your benefits.

We will explain Social Security work incentives in addition to state benefits, such as Medicaid, subsidized housing, TANF, food stamps, worker's compensation and unemployment benefits. Our Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program will give you the information you need to make the best choice about your future.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who gets Social Security disability benefits (SSI/SSDI) between age 14 and retirement age, and wants to go to work is eligible to get free benefits planning services.

Check Out Your Options

Pencil GraphicIf you are working, have a job offer or ready to start employment, you may be concerned about what will happen to your benefits. A Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC) can help you understand the process, and inform you about work incentives such as the extension of Medicaid or Medicare benefits while you work.

CWIC's can:

  • provide work incentives planning and assistance;
  • help beneficiaries and their families determine eligibility for Federal or State work incentives programs;
  • refer beneficiaries with disabilities to appropriate Employment Networks or State VR agencies;
  • provide general information about potential employer-based or federally subsidized health benefits coverage available once you enter the workforce;
  • and inform beneficiaries with disabilities of protection and advocacy services.

For More Information

WIPA services effective August 2015 are for SSA Disability Beneficiaries currently working, have a job offer, or are seriously ready to start employment. Those SSA Disability Beneficiaries needing general information about going to work are encouraged to contact the WIPA Call Center at 866-968-7842.

Contact the IATP WIPA Program toll free at (800) 852-5110(voice/tty), (217) 522-7985 or email us at iatp@iltech.org

WIPA Forms

Referral Form
Release of Information Form
SSA BPQY Release ssa
SSA BPQY Release irs



Who Should I Contact For Services?

The Illinois WIPA Program has two geographical service providers.
WIPA Program Service Areas
IATP-Covers the entire state minus City of Chicago

Resources

Ticket to Work - provides most people receiving Social Security benefits more choices for receiving employment services. Visit www.chooseworkttw.net for more information or call the Helpline
(866) 968-7842 (voice)
(866) 833-2967 (tty)

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security - If you need advocacy or legal services concerning work issues, visit Equip For Equality at www.equipforequality.org or call
(800) 537-2632 (voice)
(800) 610-2779 (tty)

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