Work Incentives Network
The Work Incentives Network helps Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, between the ages of 14 and 64, understand their work options so that they may make more informed choices regarding employment. The Work Incentives Network assists Social Security beneficiaries understand federal and state work incentives. Trained Benefits Planners are available on an ongoing basis to assist beneficiaries understand the impact of earned income on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other public benefits.
The Department of Health and Human Services through the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) is exploring ways to expand the capacity for benefits planning for persons with disabilities. This work is being done in partnership with several state and federal organizations. Our goal is to build a statewide system for benefits planning that is included in the state’s employment and training infrastructure. View the Nebraska Work Incentives Network Fact Sheet.
Interested in joining the Nebraska Work Incentives Network? Click here for more information.
What is a Benefits Planner?
Benefits Planners help SSI and SSDI beneficiaries understand relationships between work and public disability benefits for individuals planning to work, are working, or are changing jobs.
Certified Work Incentives Network (WIN) Benefits Planners receive a username and password for access to the secure WIN Members-Only pages and:
- access to secure Beneficiary Intake form
- access to participate in discussion forums, online chats for peer support and asking questions,
- access to regularly updated information and tools,
- receive notices of Tier II training events,
- WIN-certified Tier II Benefits Planners are eligible to add the title to their professional resume and personnel records
There are three Tiers to Nebraska Benefits Planning:
Tier I - know work is an option, be able to relay minimal aspects of work incentives and make referrals
- Provide encouragement and connectivity to program
- Target audience: Medicaid Eligibility Workers, advocates, consumers, families, community support workers, services coordinators, educators
Tier II - know details about work incentives and who to connect to
Provide basic understanding of work incentives and develop partnership with professionals who support individuals with disabilities
Target audience: Employment counselors, DD employment providers, independent living staff
Tier III – know the complexities of state and federal work incentives and public benefits programs
Provide detailed and ongoing analysis of impact of work on benefits
Target audience: Seasoned benefits specialists
Job Placement Specialists
Are you assisting a Nebraskan with a disability in obtaining, maintaining or advancing in employment? To view available job orders, complete a job application, upload a resume and/or cover letter, visit the Nebraska Ticket to Work Employer/Job Seeker E-Services.