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Many students and families believe that once you get a job, your benefits (such as Social Security and Medicaid) will be cut. In many cases, students can work and continue to collect some type of benefit. It is important to learn about your options. There are many resources available to help you understand how a job affects your benefits. A benefits planner can help you understand how your specific circumstances can be affected by getting a job. To get more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov or call 1-800-772-1213.

  • Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities in the form of monthly payments. Your family may have applied for benefits on your behalf. Once you turn 18 you must re-apply to see if you still qualify.
  • Medicaid – health insurance program for people who are low income and/or have a disability.
  • Medicare – health insurance program for people 65 or older or for people who have been getting Social Security disability benefits for at least 2 years.
Source: Social Security Administration

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