Welcome to the Nebraska Ticket to Work Website
Nebraska’s Ticket To Work website is a centralized source of information for people with disabilities who wish to explore competitive employment opportunities, employers who want to find dedicated, talented workers and professionals who serve both groups.
Call Easter Seals Nebraska's Work Choice Program (formally known as Work Incentives Planning and Assistance) at 1-800-471-6425.
Trained specialists can teach you the effect work will have on your government benefits, uncovering new choices and opportunities for you to be more in charge of your life. Services include:
- Answers to questions about benefits and work
- Help in solving benefits problems
- Referrals for additional services
- Updates about changes in work incentives
- Benefits Analysis
- How work affects all your benefits
- Work incentives that apply to you
- Health care options
- Financial situation before and after working or taking a promotion
- Tracking wages and benefits
- Ongoing follow-up and support
John Bahr - My caseworker, Kelly from Easter Seals Nebraska, asked me some months ago if I would like to speak in front of new trainees from different agencies helping people with disabilities wanting to work. This came about because of a program that I am signed up for called the PASS program. Read more >>
Earned Income Tax Credit Can Put Money in Your Pocket
The Earned Income Tax Credit or the EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit.
To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they do not have a filing requirement. It’s easier than ever to find out if you qualify for EITC.
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Max Learns Benefits of Using His Ticket to Go To Work
Customized Employment Discovery through Career Planning
This previously recorded webinar is designed for Service Coordination and others who facilitate the planning process and are responsible for assisting others in exploring employment/career options.
A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities
Newly elected National Governors Association (NGA) chair, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced his chair’s year-long initiative: A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities. The initiative aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.
SSA Publishes Interim Final Rule on Ticket Program Outreach
On January 12, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published an interim final rule with comment period in the Federal Register on mailing tickets under the Ticket to Work program. Under current program rules, SSA mails initial notices to all Ticketeligible beneficiaries. The tickets may be used to obtain vocational rehabilitation services, employment services, and other support services from Employment Networks or state vocational rehabilitation agencies. The interim final rule notes that SSA expends significant financial and administrative resources to mail the tickets as required by current rules, although most of them are not used. Additionally, research indicates that participation rates in the Ticket program vary with the characteristics of eligible beneficiaries. Given these findings, SSA is modifying its rules in order to use more focused and cost-effective methods to publicize the ticket program. Changes will include, for example, removing the current requirement to send tickets to all eligible disability beneficiaries; informing newly eligible beneficiaries about their eligibility for the ticket program in their award letters instead of sending a separate piece of mail containing a ticket; and reminding current disability beneficiaries of the availability of the ticket program in their annual cost of living adjustment notices and in other letters that they receive from SSA. The interim final rule was made effective January 12, 2012.