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Disabled workers face Social Security conundrum

Those who collect Social Security disability benefits – either standard “SSDI” (Social Security Disability Income), or “SSI” (Supplemental Security Income) – face a growing conundrum if they try to work to supplement their meager benefits. Similarly, other means-tested benefit programs may be at risk too, such as Medicaid, food stamps, and similar low-income assistance programs.  Those dependent on such programs who need to work to make ends meet could easily find themselves losing benefits because they earned too much from working.  This, in turn, encourages those beneficiaries to work fewer hours and earn less for fear of losing benefits, according to this article by Roberta Baker appearing in The Laconia (NH) Daily Sun. According to the article, an unintended consequence of a rising minimum wage is that disabled workers hours may need to be cut to protect them from losing their public assistance, SSI or SSDI benefits. Click here to read more. (Note: the article incorrectly refers to “SSI” as “Social Security Income.”  In reality, “SSI” refers to “Supplemental Security Income,” a means-tested assistance program for the disabled with very low income and few assets).

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