Louisiana Benefits Planning Services
The Louisiana Benefits Planning Services (LABPS) is one of two SSA funded Work Incentive Planning and Assistance grants awarded to organizations in Louisiana. Ours is one of the many projects operated by LSUHSC Human Development Center. LABPS employs Benefits Planners who receive extensive initial and on-going training about SSA and other work incentives as well as eligibility requirements for other Federal and State programs. Benefits Planners offer quality planning and assistance services in their assigned service areas within Louisiana.
The goal of the Louisiana Benefits Planning Services project is to better enable SSA beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work. Each WIPA Project has Benefits Planners who:
- Provide work incentives planning and assistance
- Conduct outreach efforts in collaboration with SSA's Beneficiary Access and Support Services (BASS)
- Work in cooperation with Federal, State, and private agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve beneficiaries with disabilities
- Screen and refer beneficiaries with disabilities to appropriate Employment Networks
- Provide information on the availability of protection and advocacy services
Louisiana Launches ABLE Program
The ABLE National Resource Center, managed by National Disability Institute (NDI), is excited to congratulate the State of Louisiana on becoming the 23rd state to launch an ABLE program. The Louisiana ABLE program, named LA ABLE, will be managed by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LAOFSA) and the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority (LATTA). Louisiana ABLE Accounts will only be available to eligible Louisiana residents with disabilities.
LA ABLE allows qualified individuals with disabilities to save up to $14,000 a year in an ABLE account without jeopardizing their eligibility for federally-funded means-tested benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. The funds in the account can be used for disability-related expenses that assist the beneficiary in increasing and/or maintaining his or her health, independence or quality of life.
For more information on the LA ABLE program and how to enroll, please visit www.able.osfa.la.gov.
- Will my disability benefits be reduced if I get workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits? If you get either workers' compensation or public disability benefit payments, we may reduce Social Security benefits for you and your family. Workers get workers' compensation benefit payments because of job-related injuries or illnesses. Category: Disability
- Can I return to work while getting Social Security disability benefits? Yes, you can return to work while receiving Social Security disability benefits. We have special rules to help you get back to work without jeopardizing your initial benefits. You may be able to have Category: Disability
- What are the eligibility requirements to get Social Security disability benefits? To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must have worked long enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually 10 years). Then, you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security's definition Category: Disability
- What is the Ticket To Work Program? The Ticket To Work Program can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, save more money, and become financially independent, all while they keep Category: Disability
- Can I qualify for Social Security disability benefits if I get veterans’ benefits? Even if you meet the requirements to get veterans disability benefits, you may not qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Eligibility for each program is different. For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs pays Category: Disability
- What is substantial gainful activity? The term“substantial gainful activity”(SGA) is used to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is“substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn Category: Disability
- What is a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS) and how can I get one? A PASShelps Supplemental Security Income disability beneficiaries return to work. PASS lets disabled individuals set aside money and things they own to pay for items or services they need to reach a specific work Category: Supplemental Security Income [SSI]
- How do Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments differ? The two programs are financed differently. Employment taxes primarily finance Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance benefits. Generally, we pay Social Security benefits to eligible workers and their families, based on the Category: Disability
- Can noncitizens living in the United States receive Social Security benefits? Yes, if they are lawfully in the United States and meet all eligibility requirements. Lawfully present noncitizens include but are not limited to: Noncitizens lawfully admitted for permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality Category: Noncitizens
- How can I get a Social Security Statement that shows a record of my earnings and an estimate of my future benefits? You can get your personal Social Security Statement online by using your mySocialSecurityaccount. If you don’t yet have an account, you can easily create one. Your online Statement gives you secure and convenient access