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Keep more of your benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is contracting with Mathematica Policy Research and Abt Associates to conduct a new study called POD for beneficiaries who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). POD uses new rules to adjust your benefits for earnings and impairment related work expenses (IRWEs), potentially allowing you to keep more of your benefits. POD also uses simpler rules for reporting earnings to SSA. SSA randomly assigned SSDI beneficiaries who volunteered for POD into one of three groups. Beneficiaries assigned to the two new POD rules groups are eligible for the POD benefit adjustment and the simpler rules for reporting earnings. Beneficiaries assigned to the SSA current rules group follow SSA’s current rules just like they did before agreeing to participate in POD.

Check the map and lists below to see which states and counties are participating in POD.

US Map
State Counties
Alabama All counties
California Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego
Connecticut All counties
Maryland Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s
Michigan Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ionia, Kent, Lapeer, Shiawassee
Nebraska Adams, Buffalo, Douglas, Hall, Lancaster, Sarpy
Texas Bell, Bexar, Collin, Comal, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Harris, Hays, Johnson, Kaufman, Montgomery, Parker, Tarrant, Travis, Williamson
Vermont All counties

The new POD rules allow you to keep some of your benefits when your earnings are high enough that you would otherwise lose your benefits under current SSA rules. If you discover that current SSA rules are better for you, you can switch back at any time.

See Understanding the new POD rules and How earnings from work affect benefits or call your POD counselor to learn more about how the new POD rules could affect your benefits.

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