The Nuts and Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits

(In-person: 11 hours, Virtual: 10.5 hours)

This comprehensive training provides detailed information on both Social Security disability benefit programs (Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)), work incentives and health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid) associated with each program, and other public benefits that are available. This training is typically provided in one of two ways.

1. In-Person: three segments over two consecutive days, one full day and one half day

2. Virtual: three segments over three consecutive half days

The first segment focuses on the SSI program and how its work incentives are available to certain subsets of the beneficiary population and demonstrates how each incentive can reduce, to some degree, the impact that work income normally has on SSI cash benefits. The SSI monthly calculation is reviewed and is the basis of one of the training’s major group activities.

The second segment focuses on the SSDI program and demonstrates how use of its associated work incentives may delay case closure, prolong the continuation of cash benefits, preserve public health insurance, or help reinstate cash and healthcare benefits to former beneficiaries.

The last segment focuses on eligibility requirements and dispute resolution processes of health insurance available to recipients of SSI and SSDI including Medicare, MassHealth Standard, CommonHealth, and One Care, and the benefits of the Medicare-Buy in program for working beneficiaries. We also explore various other public benefits including Food Stamps, Subsidized Housing, Emergency Assistance to Elderly Disabled and Children (EAEDC), Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC).

Participants receive a comprehensive set of training materials, including an SSI calculation spreadsheet that can be used to assist beneficiaries in planning and managing their return to work, and a certificate of completion.

This training is appropriate for employment specialists and other staff that work closely with persons served to achieve employment goals.

EVALUATION COMMENTS

“The presentation was clear and Brian was wonderful to explain things in a way that folks who don’t know everything can understand it and follow him. This training gave me that “aha moment” and everything clicked.” 

“Just a great training to understand some very complex things that can be quite dry. I never lost interest and Brian could really answer any questions asked. His knowledge base is tremendous.” 

“I better understand SSI and SSDI benefits, the reporting process, and feel more comfortable demonstrating to my clients the benefit to working. Also gained some information on where to direct them for more help.”

“Being a small agency I am very glad to know that I can have experts help the job seekers determine how to best maximize their incomes at no cost to them or the agency.”