Working While on Disability Should Not Be Penalized
Wednesday, July 26 2017 Becky Oberg
Working while on disability should not be penalized. I used to work in a restaurant for $8.25 an hour for 20 hours a week. I reported this income to Social Security, and my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits were terminated. Not only that, but the government told me they overpaid me and I had to pay the money back--all at once. This is not right. Working while on disability should not be penalized.
Penalized for Working While on Disability?
Should there be an income limit? Probably--disability should be reserved for those who really need it. But the current income limit, which is below $900 a month, is too low. Going on disability virtually guarantees one will live in poverty, and it's a self-perpetuating system. It needs to be reformed.
In this video, I discuss the broken system and how it affects people on disability.