Using your SSDI benefits to go back to work.
empower by Allsup®can help.

You may not be working right now due to your medical condition, but you may want to return to work later when you recover. Certain medical conditions are more likely to get approved at the initial application level, so you should consider applying for SSDI benefits now. Getting approved faster means you’ll be able to take advantage of return to work incentives as soon as you’re ready. empower by Allsup® is here for you and can help you every step of the way.

empower by Allsup is an online tool that makes it faster and easier to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and then use these benefits to go back to work, if and when you’re able.

SSDI provides benefits when you can’t work and offers return to work incentives when you’re ready to test your ability to work again, without risking your regular monthly income and Medicare coverage!

 

SSDI help right now and when you’re ready to return to work.
See if empower by Allsup® is right for you.

Understanding SSDI And
Your Return to Work Options
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01What is it?

SSDI is one of several Social Security insurance programs covered by the FICA deductions that come out of your paycheck. It provides many valuable benefits to you, including a regular monthly income and Medicare coverage as soon as you become eligible. Work incentives are another important SSDI benefit. They’re also called your Ticket to Work and offer opportunities to explore your work options while still receiving your monthly benefit payment.

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02Who is eligible?

If you’re eligible for SSDI, you’re also eligible for return to work incentives. They're one of the many benefits of receiving SSDI. Generally, to qualify for SSDI, you must: 1. have a medical condition that prevents you from working for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death; 2. meet Social Security's definition of disabled including age and severity of condition; and 3. earn enough work credits to be considered insured by having working 5 out of the last 10 years.

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03How do you get it?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) accepts applications, reviews them, and decides who will be paid benefits. It’s a lengthy process and each case can be difficult to evaluate, so there are extremely detailed documents, forms and often hearings required to prove you’re disabled. That’s why it’s so important to apply for SSDI benefits as soon as you become disabled.

Return to Work Incentives

If your goal is to return to work upon your medical recovery, SSDI offers incentives that help you attempt to go back to work without affecting your benefits. These incentives extend and protect your benefits for several years after you go back to work, and are still there for you if you have to stop working again.

If you use empower by Allsup to help you get your SSDI benefits or already have your benefits, you can receive assistance from Allsup Employment Services, Inc., an SSA-approved Employment Network. At absolutely no cost to you, trained consultants will help you find a new job with a new employer or guide you on how to ask your current employer to hold a job open for you while you’re on disability leave, which employers are required to do by law.

Allsup is ready to work for you when you’re ready to work again.

Trial work period (TWP)
For any 9 months that accumulate during a 60-month period, you can test your ability to work again and receive your full SSDI benefits in addition to your job earnings.

Extended period of eligibility (EPE)
After your TWP ends, you get full SSDI benefits for the first 3 months of this 36-month period in addition to your job earnings. After that, you receive SSDI benefits for any month your job earnings drop below $1,170 ($1,950 if blind).

Continuing Medicare coverage
After your TWP ends, your Medicare coverage continues for 93 consecutive months (7+ years). You still receive coverage during this time even if your SSDI payments end because your earning level went above the SSA limit.

Expedited reinstatement of benefits
If you become unable to work again within 5 years after your EPE ends, you can request to have your SSDI benefits restarted without filing a new application, even if your benefits ended because of your earning level.

Continuing Disability Review (CDR) protection
The SSA periodically reviews disability claims depending on age and medical condition to determine if you still qualify as disabled. As part of the Ticket to Work program, your CDR will be suspended.

 
An SSDI Partner
Designed with You in Mind

We want SSDI simplicity and approvals as much as you do. That’s why we created empower by Allsup. It takes what can be a confusing, lengthy process and streamlines it to make your experience easier, faster and more accurate.

Allsup has spent 30+ years helping people like you claim Social Security disability benefits. And that experience has new life in empower, a tool that helps you manage the process like an expert: from your disability benefit application through going back to work, if and when you’re ready. With easy online access, 24/7 support, and better approval odds, empower helps you get your application right the first time.

Watch our 2-minute video for full details about empower, a tool created to help you with your online application for disability.
 

We want SSDI simplicity and approvals as much as you do. That’s why we created empower by Allsup. It takes what can be a confusing, lengthy process and streamlines it to make your experience easier, faster and more accurate.

Allsup has spent 30+ years helping people like you claim Social Security disability benefits. And that experience has new life in empower, a tool that helps you manage the process like an expert: from your disability benefit application through going back to work, if and when you’re ready. With easy online access, 24/7 support, and better approval odds, empower helps you get your application right the first time.

5 Simple Steps
What to expect when you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits with
empower from first click to filing and beyond.
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1. Assess
Complete a free Allsup eligibility assessment. We’ve put 30+ years of SSDI expertise into it, but your part takes less than 20 minutes.  
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2. Learn
Get personal, detailed results instantly online. Find out if empower is the right SSDI application solution for you.  
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3. Sign Up
Fill out a quick, easy form with your name, contact info and password to create your secure user profile.  
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4. Apply
Our smart online tool serves up questions at your pace and submits all required forms to the Social Security Administration for you.  
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5. Relax
We steer your application through the process, take care of any additional requests, and keep you informed the whole way through.  
What Customers Think
See what it’s like to have an experienced disability specialist like Allsup on your side.  

I was pleased throughout the process, and do not have enough good things to say. 100% satisfied!

- Cindy 64, from Fairfax, VA
Spinal Stenosis/Herniated Disc

Everyone always says you never get awarded the first time you apply, but Allsup made it possible. Thank you!

- Michelle 46, from Jacksonville, FL
Asthma

The overall survey was easy and the system leads you through the entire process. Very well done!

- James 47, from Gilbert, AZ
Aortic Aneurysm

If I had done this on my own, I would never have been approved. Allsup made this amazingly stress free.

- Tami 55, from Conroe, TX
Depression

You guys have done a great job. It's hard to get through the government system.

- Cathy 45, from Eustis, FL
PTSD

The best! No reason to go anywhere else - Allsup handles it all.

- Sharon 52, from Cincinnati, OH
Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

It was just amazing and I was approved in record time. I thought I would get denied at the initial level.

- Mary 65, from Fishers, IN
Cervical Spondylosis

 
 
Why EmpowerWhy Empower  

It's easy.


empower serves up only the questions you need, and you can answer them anytime, from anywhere with Internet access.

It's helpful.


empower guides you through the SSDI application process with audio and video aids, plus you have 24/7 support. It can also help you use these benefits to explore your work options.

It's smart.


empower improves your odds for first-time approval by 50%, and was created to help you navigate complexities like an expert.

50% better approval odds
than applying for SSDI on your own.

See if empower by Allsup® is right for you.

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