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Can I Receive Social Security Benefits While I Work?

If you're like most people, you would rather work than try to live on disability benefits. There are a number of special rules that provide cash benefits and Medicare while you attempt to work. We call these rules "work incentives," or "employment support" programs. You should be familiar with these special rules so you can use them to your advantage.

For more information about Social Security work incentives, ask for a copy of the booklet, Working While Disabled ... How We Can Help (Publication No. 05-10095).
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 substantially expands opportunities for people with disabilities who want to work. For information on this new law, call 1-800-772-1213 and ask for the factsheet, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (Publication No. 05-10060). The factsheet also is available on our website at

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Check the SSA website at for answers to many of the questions you may have about Social Security. You also may call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. They can answer specific questions by phone from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on business days and provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on business days.