Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) is a key component of SSA’s strategy to promote employment among beneficiaries and reduce dependence on SSI and SSDI cash benefits as authorized by Section 121 of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act of 1999. The mission of the WIPA program is to provide timely and accurate information to beneficiaries on SSA’s work incentives and other federal efforts to remove barriers to employment for persons with disabilities. To achieve this purpose, the program uses Certified Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) to provide individualized counseling to beneficiaries seeking employment and intensive follow-up services. CWICs ensure that beneficiaries are using the work incentives appropriately by explaining the myriad of regulations, provisions, and special programs that affect an individual’s decision to enter or reenter the workforce; including how health benefits might change as beneficiaries start working. CWICs also ensure that the beneficiaries are communicating their work activities to the Social Security Administration.
To schedule your Benefits Planning session with a CWIC, complete and submit the Benefits Planning appointment.