If you are receiving disability benefits and are interested in working, Social Security’s Work Incentives Program can help you. Special rules make it possible for people who are receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still continue to receive monthly disability payments until they are able to work on a regular basis.
In addition, if you cannot continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again—you may not have to file a new application.
Work incentives include:
– Continued cash benefits for a time while you work;
– Continued Medicare or Medicaid while you work; and
– Help with education, training and rehabilitation in order to start a new line of work.
The rules are different under Social Security and SSI.
The commissioner erred as a matter of law in determining that alcohol abuse was a material factor in causing Plaintiff’s disability.
An individual shall not be considered disabled if alcoholism or drug addiction would be a contributing factor material to the Commissioner’s determination that the individual is disabled.42 U.S.C. § 423(d)(2)(C). The 9th circuit has determined that the “key factor in determining whether drug addiction or alcohol abuse is a contributing factor material to the determination of disability is whether an individual would still be found disabled if [he] stopped using alcohol or drugs.” Sousa v. Callahan, 143 F.3d 1240, 1245 (9th Cir.1998) ;see also 20 C.F.R. § 404.1535(b)(1) (same). The test therefore as to whether alcohol is a material factor is the following: