1-877-YES-WORK (937-9675) Toll Free

This program is offered by the University of Massachusetts Medical School

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I go to work without losing my benefits?
  2. What happens to my benefits when I go to work?
  3. Will I lose my health insurance if I work?
  4. Will I lose my public housing if I work?
  5. I am receiving benefits and I just started working; what do I need to do?
  6. Who is eligible for BenePLAN services?
  7. What is a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC)?
  8. Who can contact a CWIC?
  9. Who provides Work Incentives Counseling in Massachusetts and how do I contact a CWIC?
  10. Are Work Incentives Counseling services available in languages other than English?
  11. Does BenePLAN assist youth as they transition from school to work?
  12. Are the services provided by BenePLAN confidential?
  13. Is there any cost for the BenePLAN services?
  14. Can I meet with a Community Work Incentives Coordinator more than once?
  15. How can I contact a BenePLAN CWIC?

 

  1. Can I go to work without losing my benefits?
    How your benefits will be affected by work is dependent upon a number of factors and a BenePLAN Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) can help you to define these.  Generally speaking, you will not lose your benefits when you return to work.  There will be changes in them but you will always be better off financially by working rather than not working.
  2. What happens to my benefits when I go to work?
    Exactly what will happen to your benefits depends upon what benefits you are currently receiving and how much you earn from working.  Working with a BenePLAN Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) can help you clarify the changes that might take place as well as assist you to plan for all of the changes.
  3. Will I lose my health insurance if I work?
    In a word, NO!  In Massachusetts there are several affordable options so no one will be without health care.  A BenePLAN Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) can help to explain all the options that are available for you and how to access them.
  4. Will I lose my public housing if I work?
    No, working will not cause the loss of your public housing.  In fact, depending upon the type of public housing, you may not even see a rent increase the first year that you work.
  5. I am receiving benefits and I just started working; what do I need to do?
    First, you must notify your local Social Security office.  Second, you must keep all your pay stubs that show how much money you are earning.  Depending upon what other benefits you receive, you will also need to notify those agencies.  A BenePLAN Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) can assist you with deciding who needs to be notified and when, and can also help you to organize the information that you need for future reference and reporting.
  6. Who is eligible for BenePLAN services?
    Anyone aged 14 to full retirement age who is currently receiving SSI and/or SSDI benefits as the result of a disability AND is working, seeking employment or planning to work.
  7. What is a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC)?
    A Community Work Incentives Coordinator or CWIC is a person who can assist individuals receiving SSI and/or SSDI who are either working or planning to work. CWICs are certified by Virginia Commonwealth University.
  8. Who can contact a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC)?
    • Individuals
    • State agencies
    • Service providers
    • Family members
  9. Who provides Work Incentives Counseling in Massachusetts and how do I contact a Community Work Incentives Coordinator  (CWIC)?
    You can contact BenePLAN at (877) 937-9675 to speak to a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC).
  10. Are Work Incentives Counseling services available in languages other than English?
    BenePLAN currently provides services in Spanish.
  11. Does BenePLAN assist youth as they transition from school to work?
    BenePLAN assists transitional age youth by helping students and parents navigate through this time period, offering easy to understand workshops and assisting them with informed decisions about work.  There is also a publication available called Going to Work that is geared to Youth in Transition.
  12.  Are the services provided by BenePLAN confidential?
     Yes. The information provided by the beneficiary is kept strictly   confidential.
  13. Is there any cost for the BenePLAN services?
    BenePLAN is committed to working with individuals in providing services that meet their needs and budget.  We currently provide services through a number of different avenues which includes cooperative agreements with several providers, agencies and One-Stop Career Centers.

    Please contact us at (877) 937-9675 for more information.

  14. Can I meet with a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) more than once?
    Yes, ongoing assistance is available as needed.
  15. How can I contact a BenePLAN Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC)?
    Call Toll-Free: 1-877-YES-WORK (937-9675) to get started!
BenePLAN
University of Massachusetts Medical School
333 South Street • Shrewsbury, MA 01545
info@beneplan.org
1-877-YES-WORK (1-877-937-9675) Toll Free
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BenePLAN is a program of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Health Policy and Research.  BenePLAN CWICs are trained and certified by Virginia Commonwealth University and they each possess extensive experience in employment and benefits.

 

Para conocer más sobre BenePLAN o localizer a un Coordinador de Incentivos para Trabajos Comunitarios en su área, llame sin cargo at: 1-877-YES-WORK (937-9675). Para obtener información en español, haga clic aquí.