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Hi Shirley,

Hi Shirley,
You would be able to earn up to $840 a month before SSDI benefits would be affected.

David
I'm on as I and fit 738

I'm on as I and fit 738 a month. I've got an opportunity to pick blueberries for a two to 4week period and pay is buy the pound and I can work at my own pace and will get paid accordingly. How much can I make before it messes with my as I money. Thanks

Hi David,

Hi David,
You may want to check in with your local SSA office regarding this, but if you're on SSI they may reduce your benefits by one dollar for every two that you make.

Robin
If you get $832/month, is

If you get $832/month, is that SSI, or SSDI? ALSO, can you ever receive both SSDI and SSI? Simply not enough to live on even though we have downsized as far as we can go unless we move to a shelter. Thank you for any response.

Hi Robin,

Hi Robin,

In certain circumstances, one can receive SSI and SSDI benefits at the same time.

-Eric

Chanel
If I work 2days out of the

If I work 2days out of the week only 5hours I have r.a in my wrist hands knees and feet can I apply for ssd?

Hi Chanel,

Hi Chanel,

You could be able to!

-Eric

Robin
I was wondering if I would be

I was wondering if I would be able to receive ssdi for medical issues that I have. I have pvc's which I will be having a surgical procedure for and high blood pressure?

Hi Robin,

Hi Robin,

You could be able to. I would recommend filling out an application on the SSA's website to see if you could qualify.

-Eric

Lynette
I am posting for my sister

I am posting for my sister who suffers from Acromegaly, a pituitary disorder. She has worked hard all her life and now the disease is really taking a toll. She has to take multiple daily shots to keep her growth hormone level down but the price tag is without insurance is ~14K. She has been a rock star orthodontist assistant for almost 27 years and has paid $500 a month covering through her employer to cover the meds. We are very worried that 'when' the day comes she can no longer work, would SS disability cover this life required medicine?

Hi Lynette,

Hi Lynette,

I am sorry to hear that, it might be able to. You can fill out our Free Disability Evaluation on your sister's behalf to see if she could qualify for disability benefits:http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

veronica salcido
i just started a new job I

i just started a new job I was told by one social worker I can still receive disability ssi money a month as long as I don't make over 4020.00 a month I'm working at the moment 40 hours a week I will be getting around 1300. per month but my fibromyalgia is out of control and my migranes are back so I don't know for how much longer I can work these hours so the ? is can I work this much and get ssi disability?

Hi Veronica,

Hi Veronica,

There is no limit on how many hours you can work, but you cannot exceed the monthly SGA limit which is $1,170/month

-Eric

Anonymous
I am currently on SSDI and do

I am currently on SSDI and do not want to lose it, or have it reduced. I would like to work part time just because I am not making enough with these benefits ? Can I work if the monthly income is about $750 a month? I know I would need to report this. What should I do?

Hi There,

Hi There,

You won't lose or have your benefits reduced if you don't exceed the 2017 SGA limit.

-Eric

Martha
I receive SSSI but don't

I receive SSSI but don't have enough money with this. I would like to work part time but I don't want to lose my benefits. What should I do? Can I work part time and make less than $820 a month with no changes in benefits?

Hi Martha,

Hi Martha,

You may be able to, but I would check in with the SSA first.

-Eric

Lisa
I have MS and Rheumatoid

I have MS and Rheumatoid Arthritis and have been on SSDI since 2001 can I work part time and how many hours?

Hi Lisa,

Hi Lisa,
There would only be a limit on earnings, you would be able to earn up to $1,170 a month, however if you earn over $840 a month the SSA may change your benefits. It may be a good idea to contact the SSA if you're planning to go back to work.

Tom
At the age of 66 i receive

At the age of 66 i receive SSDI due to a back and heart condition. I've received benefits since I was 63 yrs old but finding hard making it on my benefit check now. Can I get an part time job to help me out? I don't want to jeportize my SSDI I receive now. Thanks

Hi Tom,

Hi Tom,
You may be able to do so, but it's a good idea to contact the SSA regarding this as they can give you detailed information. You can reach them at 1-800-772-1213.

Jody
Hello, my middle-aged son is

Hello, my middle-aged son is on ssi/ssdi with a diagnosis of schizo-affective disorder. He receives a monthly benefit of $1052. To make extra money could he work as an independent contractor and report net income? His work would have lots of expenses.
Thank you for your answer.

Hi Jody,

Hi Jody,
Your son may be able to do so, but it's a good idea to contact the SSA regarding this, you can find a listing of local offices here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/content/social-security-disabili....

lisa
my ex and i were common law

my ex and i were common law for 4 years and then officially married for 6. can i still draw from his ss? if so, when? i am receiving ssdi now and am 56. he is still working and is the same age.

Hi Lisa,

Hi Lisa,
you may be eligible if your common law marriage was recognized by the state that you were married in.

Les
Hi I receive $1138.00 a month

Hi I receive $1138.00 a month on disability.will receiving $200.00 a month rental income affect my disability check

Hi Les,

Hi Les,

That may affect affect your disability check.

-Eric

TK
I'm receiving SSD and we

I'm receiving SSD and we currently could use extra funds for bills. Last year I went to work for 2 days a week and only lasted a short time . For some reason SSA decided to do a full blown evaluation on me . I made nomore then $250 month . I would really like to help here at the house and work but I'm afraid they will do another eval and that really scared me . My disability is for bi polar and digestive . You think it's safe for me to have a part time job ? How much could I make ?

Hi There,

Hi There,

Your monthly limit cannot exceed the 2017 SGA amount which is $1,170/month

-Eric

Robert
I currently take in $2160

I currently take in $2160 ssdi assignment before they take out my Humana Medical advantage payment. If I would work part time of less than $1000 a month would this affect my monthly ssdi payment. Also if my wife & I should divorce (married 30 years) would she be able to obtain alimony since she is not disabled.

Hi Robert,

Hi Robert,
You may be able to earn up to $840 a month without affecting your payment. As far as divorce, that would depend on your state's divorce laws.

Dave
My mother gets 1381 a month.

My mother gets 1381 a month. She thinks it is ssdi but is not sure. She says it's based off her work credits. I read somewhere if it's over a thousand it is most likely ssdi. Is that True? Well anyways. She wants to go work part time for 10 hours a week. Will it affect her check if it is ssdi? What if it is ssi?

Hi Dave,

Hi Dave,
It's likely that she is on SSDI, but you may want to contact the SSA to be sure. If she does receive SSDI benefits, 10 hours a week would likely not affect her check, unless she is earning over $840 a month.

Elizabeth
I currently receive social

I currently receive social security Benefits 649.00 if I got me a job paid me 200.00 a month can I still get my benefits

Hi Elizabeth,

Hi Elizabeth,
You may still be eligible for benefits, but if you're receiving them based on income, the SSA may reduce your benefits one dollar for every two that you earn.

Lisa
I want to try to go back to

I want to try to go back to work to see if I can do it. I am currently on ssd and receive $952.00 a month. I have been receiving this for two years now and it isn't enough to really live on. I can only afford the bare necessities of survival and I don't want to continue this way for the rest of my life, I am almost 54 years old. I take a lot of very expensive medications and see 4 doctors on a regular basis (two of them monthly) with costly quarterly treatments. I also receive food stamps and a Medicaid supplements insurance to help with the costs that medicare doesn't cover. I was told my my caseworker (dhs) that if I had an additional $200 monthly income I would lose the medicaid and food stamps. Medicaid covers $380 of prescription cost a month not including the doctor/hospital/treatments that medicare doesn't cover. So in order to even be a head financially I would have to make over the costs of these additional expenses which I have estimated at $886 a month (on a normal month, not counting ER visits or surgeries). It also wouldn't count the taxes I would be paying on the money that I earned.
so..with all that taken into consideration, how much money can I earn while on ssd and still keep my SSD and medicare? would that be gross income or net income?
With all the info I have shared, is it feasible to try to work? I have not even taken into consideration my medical limitations. All I really know is, I NEED MORE MONEY, I can not continue this limited life style I have. Financially I am not able to go anywhere or do anything, I can't afford new cloths or when things break down in my house I can't afford to fix them, everything is going downhill fast. Everything in my home is slowly turning into junk, I need new floors, new paint on the walls, walls and ceilings need fixing. Dishwasher broke over a year ago and I can't afford to do anything about it, car is broke down in the driveway and I can't afford to get it fixed. I had a leaky faucet that leaked for over a year with a bucket under the sink, when the garbage disposal broke down my ex-husband came and fixed both things, but now I have to make monthly payments to him for the repairs as I couldn't pay the cost outright. My hot water heater has had the front panel off for almost two years to keep it running, the repairman said it would work temporarily but to not let it go like that to long, I need a new one and that is around a grand installed. I need work done on two teeth and even with the "poor person discount" it is still almost $900 per tooth, they told me that two years ago also..and I still haven't had the money to do anything about it. HELP what do I do, how can I make money and get ahead without losing more than I'm gaining. This is a horribly depressing life! My memory is poor, I can't stand for long periods of time, I can't sit for long periods of time without being in severe pain when I get up and try to walk (after sitting), stairs are painful and sometimes very difficult for me. I'm turning 54 on Monday, this isn't how I expected my life to be like at this age. I am not married so I don't have any money help there, I do have a 20 year old son that lives at home and decided he would stay at home instead of moving in with his friends like planned so he could help out for a month or two, but a trip to ER three days ago reviled he has a brain aneurysm. So we are dealing with neurosurgeons (two days ago) and neurologist now and we don't know what we are in store for now. I need money, I have to work, I don't know if it will be better to work or not, but I need money, what do I do????

HI Lisa,

HI Lisa,
You may want to contact the SSA regarding this, they can give you guidance about going back to work. You can contact them at 1-800-772-1213.

joao medeiros
hi, I applied for ssdi back

hi, I applied for ssdi back in 2014, and still waiting to be approved, im 55 now , and since im healthier, I would like to know if i get a full time job will that eliminate any chance for a back pay . I have gone trough extensive rehab(physical therapy and meds and exercise.that is the reason im stronger and able to perform on a full time light job.

Hi Joao,

Hi Joao,
It's great that your condition is improving! If you were eligible for benefits, you may still be eligible for back pay, but not monthly benefits.

j.l. schmidt
I started working part time

I started working part time while collecting ssdi to make ends meet and feel somewhat normal. I have worked most months the last 2 years because of coworkers sicknesses...1 ppl has had 2 heart attacks another has been in hosp multple times and a 3rd one quit and it took the manager months to hire someone new. Im the type of person that cant say no so i worked. I wasnt worth much at home when i wasnt working. Ss is reviewing my employment and ss status. I maybe made 100 to 150. A month over the aloud amt. After many talks with my boss and her seeing myown health starting to go down hill shes hired someone and ive cut my hrs way back to like 400. Bi-weekly. I cant afford to loose my disability and insurance. And id loose my home if i loose my disability. I myself have had 5 surgeries the last 2 yrs and looking at another. I only work to pay my utilities and car insurane and buy food. What can i expect the out come to be?

Hi there,

Hi there,
I really could not say, but if the SSA determines that you have completed a trial work period, you may still be eligible for benefits for months that you earn under 1,170 a month.

Kim
Hi!

Hi!
From what i have recently learned i am close to qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits. However I am married. So does my husband's income factor in to my qualification for Benefits?

Hi Kim,

Hi Kim,

Your husband's income does not factor into qualifying for SSDI benefits.

Elizabeth
I work 12 hours a week will

I work 12 hours a week will my benefits be affected

Hi Elizabeth,

Hi Elizabeth,
If you're on SSI benefits, you may have a reduction of one dollar for every two dollars that you earn.

richard hutchison
I have used my trial work

I have used my trial work period up and I went back on full disability because I had to have brain surgery in 2008. I have a chance to get a 20hr a week job making 9.50 cents an hour. Would my social security disability benefits be affected by doing a small job like this.

Hi Richard,

Hi Richard,
It may not, but it's a good idea to contact a local SSA office about your case as they can give detailed information about your case.

Melissa
I am on ssdi and ssi $905

I am on ssdi and ssi $905
together . They told me that I was not able to work. I have a scleroderma but I am alone and having a hard time to leave with that. Would like to do some kind of work to earn about $350 a month To be able to get by . Is it possible even if they told me not able to work.

Hi Melissa,

Hi Melissa,

It might be possible to do some work as long as your monthly income doesn't exceed the 2017 SGA limit.

Kathy
My daughter has bipolar and

My daughter has bipolar and is drawing disability. She is having a hard time making ends meet on what she gets a month. Can she work part time to help with finances? She lives alone and it is hard for her to meet her needs.

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