I’m not working because of my MS symptoms. I’m receiving Social Security benefits, but I wonder if I can ever work again? Will I lose my benefits if I try?
I’d like a little extra income and some activity to fill my day. Can I work at all while I receive Social Security benefits?
Yes! Social Security offers work incentive programs that encourage beneficiaries to work part-time by providing them with employment support resources and allowing them to keep a certain amount of extra income each month.
If I work while on Social Security, can I lose my income and health insurance benefits?
Social Security has work incentive programs available to encourage people to work, which help protect you from losing your benefits, even if you temporarily exceed the maximum amount of earned income allowed.
How do I get connected to jobs that are disability-friendly and the resources I might need to go back to work?
There are many ways to do this, but Social Security work incentive programs and your local Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) are a great place to start. You can also call our Information Resource Center at 800-344-4867 (800-FIGHT-MS) and speak to an MS Navigator for more resources in your area.
Can I ever go back to work full-time once I’ve gotten on Social Security? How would that work?
Yes, Social Security encourages individuals who can work full-time to go back to work. Their work incentive programs allow individuals to keep benefits while they try working at a full-time level for several months, eventually transitioning from benefits back to work.
Not sure where to start? Need more information or help with what’s next?
Call 800-344-4867 (800-FIGHT-MS) and speak to an MS Navigator.
Ask them about employment consultation.
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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to assist you in researching information about employment-related issues. Our comments are based on professional advice, published information, and expert opinion, but do not represent legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a qualified attorney.