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The Supplemental Security Income PASS provision -- Part I

There are many people in the United States who are disabled and who receive Supplemental Security Income. Those people may be aware that the Social Security Administration has special provisions for qualifying people who work despite their disabilities. The provision is known as Plan to Achieve Self-Support, or PASS.

According to existing guidelines, the SSA determines SSI eligibility based on the income and resources of the applicant. The provisions of PASS allow a disabled individual to be exempted from receiving the money or resources that are used to achieve a specific work-related goal. Once the income and resources are withheld, the SSA determines SSI eligibility based on the remaining income and resources only.

In order to obtain relief under the PASS provision, applicants first need to identify the training, other aspects and services that are necessary to achieve a work-related goal. After identifying those, the applicant also needs to be aware of how much money is required to obtain that training, other aspects and services. In other words, the provision is designed in a fashion that offers emotional support to those disabled people who return to work.

Some of the things that may be included here are supplies for starting a business, expenses incurred for equipment, tools, necessary clothing and transportation. Once the list is finalized, the PASS provision can help the applicant save the money for installments or down payments, which is necessary for expenses arising from work-related necessities such as a vehicle, a wheelchair or a computer.

In order to set up a PASS, applicants need to complete certain aspects of the application. The specifics can be found on the Social Security website. However, the Social Security website may be confusing for many people because of the many rules and regulations.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Plan To Achieve Self-Support (PASS)," Accessed on May 6, 2015

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