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Understanding the Impact of Work, Earnings, and IDAs On Social Security Disability Benefits

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While the Title II and SSI programs share a common disability requirement and process for determining disability, they are very different programs when it comes to their purpose, non-disability eligibility requirements and their treatment of work, earnings, and resources.  Based on these important differences in program rules, answering the question “How will participating in an IDA affect a person’s eligibility for disability benefits and monthly benefit amounts?” requires first understanding which of the Social Security benefits a participant receives.