Public  Benefits

How to keep them while self-employed


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If you receive public benefits and want to make sure you keep them while you are self-employed, there are specially trained professionals known as Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) that can provide a benefits analysis for you. A CWIC can help you make sense of complex employment and benefit-related issues, and most importantly, help you make decisions that will help you leverage your benefits. These 30-minute sessions are critical for anyone pursuing self-employment while receiveing public benefits.

How can a CWIC help you with self-employment?

If you have a specific work goal such as self-employment, our CWIC can help you understand how earned income will affect your cash, medical and other benefits. A CWIC can inform you about work incentives that can ease your transition to work and help you understand and navigate Social Security related work rules. CWICs have knowledge of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs. A CWIC can: 

• Help you understand how to leverage your benefits through self-employment to minimize the affects on your public benefits
• Provide ongoing assistance to help you manage your benefits as you transition into self-employment or increase your earnings
• Provide information on available education, training, and employment services
• Develop and implement PESS Plans and other Work Incentives that assist you to achieve your self-employment goal
• Help you understand the rules of specific Work Incentives and how they apply to you
• Analyze how your self-employment venture and earnings may impact your Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), health care, and other public benefits
• Help you understand the services provided by a State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency or an Employment Network (EN), and how they might fit best with your needs