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Tips for Beneficiaries Who Work:
Congratulations! You've taken that big step and have a job. There are some important things you should keep track of, and report to agencies, such as your local Division of Family Resources office, and the Social Security Administration. Here are some tips:
Know where your local Social Security Office is located as well as where your local Division of Family Resources office is located.
If you are planning to go to work or are working, it is important to notify agencies that provide you financial assistance (such as Medicaid, Social Security, Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps, etc.). Before you contact any agencies you need to have the following information:
1. Report your new job to your Social Security Administration Claims Representative (for both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income). Find out how your Claims Representative wants you to report your income. It is important to write down the information for future refernce.
The Claims Representative may ask you to send your paycheck stubs for the previous month you worked to Social Security, or ask you to take them to the office. They need to see the original paycheck stubs. They will make a copy and return the original paycheck stub to you. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR PAYCHECK STUBS FOR YOUR RECORDS. You may also ask the Social Security Office for a receipt stating that you reported your earnings. This is called a work receipt (keep this receipt and your paycheck information in a file for future reference).
Reporting your earnings will ensure that you are not receiving money from SSA that you are not entitiled to and will help you avoid an overpayment situation.
2. Contact your local Medicaid, Food Stamp, and Housing Authority representatives to report your new job. Ask then how they would like you to report your earnings. Sometimes different programs have different rules on reporting income. Write down what each agency tells you so that you won't forget.
3. You should always respond to letters or phone calls from Medicaid, Social Security or other public assistance programs whn they request information.
4. Keep a notebook to record all of the conversations you have with caseworkers, claims representatives, or other public assistance personnel. Write down the names of the person you are speaking to, the date, the time, what was discussed and what you were told.
5. Keep good records by putting all records and papers into a file box. If you need them in the future, you will have better access to them.
6. You must report any changes to the Social Security Administration such as a change in amrital status, change of address or change in employment status.
7. Contact Indiana Works for free work incentives planning and assistance. It is important to be informed of the work incentive rules that may apply to your benefits and assistance.
Good luck on your job!
Hoosiers with disabilities are getting new jobs every day!