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The Supplemental Security Income PASS provision -- Part II

The previous post on our blog covered the basic details pertaining to the Plan to Achieve Self-Support provision of Supplemental Security Income. Many people may be aware that the PASS provision is meant for those people who intend to return to work despite their disabilities. The Social Security Administration acknowledges those efforts to return to work and offers relief.

The previous post on our blog also discussed the basic information that a person needs when applying for PASS. Once that information is ready, the applicant needs to set up PASS. In order to do that, the applicant will need to have a work plan and be able to achieve the planned goals and, at the same time, obtain relief in SSI payments.

While setting up PASS, the applicant can ask for assistance from a vocational rehabilitation counselor, SSA-certified Benefits Specialists or Protection and Advocacy organizations, which are employment networks that are part of the SSA Ticket-to-Work Program or the local Social Security office.

Once all of this is in place, the applicant will need to submit the PASS form to the SSA, either in person or by mail. It is important to remember that plans prepared by a vocational rehabilitation counselor are usually approved by the SSA. However, if the applicant's goal is self-employment, that applicant must submit a detailed business plan for necessary approvals.

After receiving the application, the SSA will send the plan to its employees who are dedicated to PASS. They work directly with the applicant and ensure that the plan is reasonable. One of the major tasks that the SSA performs at this stage is studying the feasibility and practicality of the prices and expenses stated in the plan. If required, PASS experts help applicants to make necessary changes.

Once the SSA finds the plan acceptable, it approves the plan. However, in certain cases, the SSA may decline the application. In such cases, the applicant has the right to appeal to SSA's decision, just like other matters related to SSI.

Source: SocialSecurity.gov, "Plan To Achieve Self-Support (PASS)," Accessed on May 6, 2015

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