Benefits + Work + Money


Think You Can’t Work?
Think Again…

Having a job is an important part of life and these worries about losing your benefits shouldn’t keep you from going to work. There are a lot of possibilities to think about and questions you would probably like to have answered, such as:

  • Would you like to work but are afraid you will lose your Social Security check?
  • Have you stopped working because your check was reduced?
  • Do you think that you might lose your Medicaid benefits if you go to work?
  • Are you afraid that if you try to work, but it doesn’t pan out, you might not be able to receive benefits again?
Teen boy with long hair wondering about benefits.

Contact a Benefits Counselor

There are programs and people who can help you figure out your benefits.

Contact Maryland Work Incentive Network (MD WIN)
MD WIN Website
Phone: Voice (301) 277-2839 or (888) 838-1776 TDD: Use Maryland Relay 711

Featured Resources

Changes in Benefits
when You Turn 18

At age 18, teens who get SSI must go through two kinds of medical reviews to keep their benefits. This is called Age 18 Redetermination. Learn more about Age 18 Redetermination and Benefit Options

SSI & Section 1619(b)

This new Medicaid law allows former SSI cash recipient to keep Medicaid benefits if SSI cash benefits are lost due to earned income. Learn more about SSI & Section 1619 (b) here.

Expedited Reinstatement & SSDI

Expedited Reinstatement (EXR) is a post-termination work incentive and is the third phase of SSDI work incentives. Learn more about Expedited & SSDI Reinstatement here.

All Youth Can Work

Working Does Not Mean Losing Social Security Benefits More about work incentives...

Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE)

Students under age 22, who are regularly attending school, can take advantage of the student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE). Learn more about Student Earned Income Exclusion here.


Income basically comes in two kinds: Earned and Unearned Learn more about SSI Income here.

Work Incentives

Rules that allow you to work and keep public benefits. More about work incentives...

Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE)

IMPAIRMENT RELATED WORK EXPENSES (IRWE) can be used by workers who receive SSDI, or other Title II benefits, in order to reduce gross wages to “countable income”. More about work incentives...

Extended Period of Eligibility

The Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) is the second phase of SSDI work incentives that immediately follows the Trial Work Period (TWP). Learn more about the Extended Period of Eligibility here.

SSI Income Rules for Adults above 18

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program requires that recipients have a limited amount of resources. Learn more about SSI Income for Adulte above 18 here.

Plans to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)

SSI will normally count a certain portion of earned or unearned income and limits resources to $2000. Learn more about PASS here.

Questions to Ask

Bring this to your meeting:   Question to ask a Benefit Specialist...