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January 23, 2013 WISE Webinar Archive Now Available!

The January 23, 2013, National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, Ticket to Work: Free Support Services for People with Disabilities is now available online. Visit our webinar library at http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/m-wise-webinars.cfm to download the webinar, accessible PDF of the presentation, or transcript. 

Other items in our webinar library include:

To register for our next WISE webinar on Wednesday, February 27,  visit www.ssa.gov/work.

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Money Mondays: Managing Your Health Care Costs

Money Mondays logoThese days many are concerned about the rising costs of health care. Medical expenses are often a top stress for many individuals who are living with a disability. Whether you are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, it is important to understand how you can minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Here are some ways to manage your health care spending.
 

5 Ways to Spend Less on Healthcare by MintLife Blog

  1. Know Your Numbers - If you can, reduce the number of doctor visits – and the co-pays that come with them – by keeping tabs on your vital stats. An investment in a heart rate or blood pressure monitor, or keeping tabs on your blood sugar or other factors you can test at home, can pay off in the long run.
  2. Make a Deal with Your Doctor - If you haven’t met your deductible yet or you have pricey co-insurance, see if your doctor will cut his rate if you pay in cash.
  3. Buy Cheaper Medications - Many insurance plans have tiered systems, with different rates for generic, “preferred” brands and non-preferred drugs. Check if there is a less expensive option for your medications.
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Money Mondays: Improve Your Financial Wellness In 2013

Do you want to become more financially independent in the new year?

January is National Financial Wellness Month making it a great time to think about your financial health. You can take control of your financial wellness right now. Here is a roundup of some of our posts from 2012 that will help you on your journey for financial independence.

Tools and Resources for Your Journey to Financial Independence
Financial Literacy Tips for People with Disabilities
Money Mondays: Start Saving With Your New Bank Account
Money Mondays: Setting up a Bank Account
Money Mondays: Is Your Money Situation Stressing You?
Money Mondays: Individual Development Accounts can help you reach your goals!
Money Mondays: Creating a Budget Today to Improve Your Tomorrow
Money Mondays: Know Your Credit

Watch our past WISE webinar “Ticket to Work: Support for People with Disabilities on Their Journey to Financial Independence”:  Watch the recorded webinar here!

Read more money saving tips at #MoneyMondays!

When you are ready to change your life through work, try Ticket to Work. Explore www.ssa.gov/work for more information about the program, email us at support@chooseworkttw.net, or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

 

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A Good Call! The Ticket to Work Help Line

Chester Boren My name is Chester. It is my pleasure to be one of the 45 people currently employed at the Ticket to Work Help Line. I’ve been helping Social Security’s disability beneficiaries on behalf of the Ticket to Work program for two years.  I live and work in Sandy, Utah, where the Help Line is located. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, training my dogs, taking pictures of wildlife and outdoor scenery and staying up to date with the latest advances in technology.

In the average month, my coworkers and I take more than 17,000 calls from Social Security’s beneficiaries who have questions about how working might impact their benefits, especially health care coverage. On average, we spend about 10 minutes speaking with each person to make sure that their questions are answered and they get the help they need.

If you receive SSDI and/or SSI and are age of 18 through 64, then you are eligible for Ticket to Work!  The Ticket to Work Help Line can help you:

 

  • Explore what resources you may be able to use to start working or return to work

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Register Now! Social Security's Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar, January 23, 2013

WISE webinar is a free, fully accessible, online event designed especially for beneficiaries and their families, community partners, and service providers to learn more about the Ticket to Work program and available Work Incentives. WISE webinars typically occur the fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., EST. At each webinar, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts present engaging information on the program for an hour then conclude with a live question and answer session.

Join us for our next WISE Webinar on January 23, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EST.  Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

Participants learn about:

Immediately following this webinar, log on for our Facebook Question and Answer Session:www.facebook.com/choosework and receive expert answers to your questions about Ticket to Work, Social Security work incentives, and your employment options.

If you cannot make the live event, wish to review the information, or are looking for a particular webinar topic, all of our webinars can be downloaded from our webinar library.

Special topic webinars in the library include:

When you’re ready to find a good job that leads to a good career and a better self-supporting future, attending a WISE webinar is a great way to start. Our next WISE webinar is January 23 at 3:00 p.m. EST.  Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

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Money Mondays: Know Your Credit

Djuna Mitchell is a guest blogger featured on a recent Ticket to Work webinar.  She is a former beneficiary, Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC) and Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Project Director.  Currently, she works for Social Security as a Social Insurance Specialist.  

What is credit and a credit score?  Why are they important?

Having credit means being able to buy something today with the promise that you will pay for it later.  When you pay your bills on time and in full, lenders will see you as trustworthy and financially responsible.  Having good credit is key to becoming financially independent;  it means being able to borrow money to pay for things without needing cash,  being able  to buy a house or rent an apartment in a location that you like, and being able to set up gas, water and electricity without having to put down a deposit. 

Good credit also helps you save money on interest and may allow you to get a loan when you have an emergency.  Your credit score shows how likely you are to pay what you owe fully and on time.  The better your credit is, the higher your credit score will be. 

If your credit and credit score are not what you would like them to be, you can make them better.

The most important step is to pay your bills on time. Pay more than the minimum amount due, if you can. If you have trouble doing that, contact the people you owe money to and arrange to pay off any debts in a reasonable amount of time.  If you need help, call the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) at 800-388-2227 to find a consumer credit counseling service in your area.  For help in Spanish, call 800-682-9832.

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Register Now! New WISE Webinar: Online Tools and Tips for Your Journey to Self-Sufficiency

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Kick off the New Year with a webinar that will leave you well informed and well prepared for a productive 2013.The January 9 Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar will offer insight and guidance on how to make the best use of online resources in your search for employment. Join us on Wednesday, January 9 at 3 p.m. EST for this event!

This national WISE Webinar will feature online tools that can support you on your decision to go to work, or start working for the first time. You will learn about:
 

  • Tools available from the Ticket to Work program to help you decide if working is right for you
  • Resource finders to connect you with service providers who will assist you on your journey toward self-sufficiency
  • Job and career search tools to help you find and keep the right job

Immediately following this webinar, log on for our Facebook Question and Answer Session and receive expert answers to your questions about Ticket to Work, Social Security work incentives, and your employment options.

Register online or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

If you cannot make the live event, wish to review the information, or are looking for a particular webinar topic, all of our webinars can be downloaded from our webinar library.

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Your Questions Answered! December 12th Facebook Q&A Transcript

Following our December 12th WISE Webinar, we took to our Facebook page to answer your disability employment-related questions. We addressed 25 questions about self-employment, the PASS program, the trial work period, and more! Thank you everyone for engaging with us. We had a lot of fun and shared many resources we hope will help you on your journey towards employment and greater self-sufficiency and financial independence. Feel free to follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/choosework) and stay tuned for announcements of future events! If you are interested in work and would like to discuss your situation now, speak with a Ticket to Work representative at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) or find a service provider using our Find Help tool.

Check out the transcripts of the December 12th Facebook Q&A below:

Note: Questions are listed first in each section. Responses from the Ticket to Work experts are labeled “Expert Response.” Additional comments from fans are labeled “Fan Comment (or Fan Response).” Comments from the moderator are labeled “Moderator Comment.” This transcript was recorded from the chat itself and to preserve authenticity, only egregious spelling errors were corrected and some responses were rearranged to group by question. Please excuse any additional grammar or spelling errors. 

Below are acronyms used throughout the chat:

EN: Employment Network

SSI: Supplemental Security Income

SSDI: Social Security Disability Insurance

TTW: Ticket to Work

VR: Vocational Rehabilitation

WIPA: Work Incentives Planning and Assistance

WISE (webinar): Work Incentives Seminar Event


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Moderator Opening Comments

Join Ticket to Work for a disability employment Q&A Session on our Facebook Wall RIGHT NOW. By joining, you accept to follow our Comment Policy which can be viewed at: http://www.facebook.com/choosework/info

 

Hello everyone and welcome to today's Ticket to Work Facebook Q&A! We’re looking forward to chatting with you and answering your questions! Today, we have Denise Norris and Kendra Berry of Aspire Indiana Works joining us to share their expertise. Welcome, Denise and Kendra!

 

Before we begin, we would like to remind everyone to be mindful of personal privacy.Please do not include personally identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, or e-mail addresses in your comment. The Page administrators reserve the right to remove comments that may be construed to reveal any personally identifiable information. Comments that include profanity, personal attacks or content deemed offensive or inappropriate by the Page administrators will also be removed.Your participation indicates acceptance of the terms of our comment policy which can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/choosework/info. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

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