Updates to Social Security Benefits and Work Incentives 2018

Annually, the Federal government makes adjustments that impacts Social Security Benefits. This is an important feature to consider when planning out the use of work incentives and earnings with our consumers.

This webinar session provides updates to the basic SSA benefits information, already provided in previous webinar* sessions. The audience will receive valuable information to adjust their planning and support calculations, such as the 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the title 2 Trial Work Period (TWP) and Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) amounts, the SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR), applicable work incentives, as well as rate changes to Medicaid and Medicare. Sandy will discuss what, if any, impact the potential increase could have on other needs based benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  

* Basic Social Security Benefits and work incentive information can be found through the UNTWISE On-Demand course or through ssa.gov

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to

  1. Identify 2018 Cost Of Living Adjustments increases.
  2. Offer updated advisement to beneficiaries and referral to local WIPA projects.
  3. Identify and impact the COLA increases have on other benefits.

Presenter: Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith has over 30 years of experience in employment services for people with disabilities, including a 16-year history with the Social Security Administration benefits planning and work incentive programs.  Sandy directs Imagine Enterprises’ Benefit Planning and Employment Services, which currently include the Work Incentive Planning & Assistance (WIPA) in 148 counties in Texas; the Benefits National Offset Demonstration (BOND) in the Houston/Coastal area; DARS statewide referrals for Benefits Analysis; the Employment Network (EN) initiatives; and a Project SPEAK TCDD grant. 

Sandy provides training and technical assistance on the local, state and national level, with the goal to improve the ability of SSA beneficiaries to go to work, earn a living, and maintain or obtain needed health insurance.  

Payment: Purchase Order or payment by check or credit card must be received 7 days prior to start date. If you have any problems when trying to pay for the course, contact UNTWISE at (940) 565-4000 for further assistance.

Registration Deadline: Registration will be closed 7 days prior to training commencement.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to training to receive a full refund. No refund will be provided if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of training. Please fax cancellation to (940) 565-3960 or email UNTWISE@unt.edu.

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