12/27/2013

WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities staff can help decipher Social Security benefits changes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The start of the new year will bring changes in Social Security disability benefits across the nation. Understanding these changes and how they impact an individual’s benefits can be difficult. The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) has a program that can help answer questions and provide benefits planning to allow individuals to work.

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has reestablished the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) grants, which are designed to assist individuals with disabilities who receive Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Community Work Incentive Coordinators with the CED’s WIPA program are available to assist anyone on SSA benefits in understanding how their benefits will be affected by employment.

“It is so important for West Virginians with disabilities to know the facts about working while receiving SSA benefits,” Jennifer Tenney, WIPA Program manager, said. “It is possible and most often allows individuals to earn more income monthly.”

The grant is a partnership between the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services and the CED. WIPA services are free to all SSA beneficiaries.

To schedule an appointment for services, call 304-293-4692, and ask for the WIPA program.

The CED provides education, training, and resources about disabilities services in West Virginia. For more information about CED programs and services, visit www.cedwvu.org.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuhealthcare.com
md: 12-18-13

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