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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 going to work.

If you are interested in getting a job, we will help you understand how working will affect 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 planning to go to work, 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

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



Who Should I Contact For Services?

The Illinois WIPA Program has been divided geographically among three service providers.
WIPA Program Service Areas

Resources

Ticket to Work - provides most people receiving Social Security benefits more choices for receiving employment services. Visit www.choosework.net for more information or call MAXIMUS at
(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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