Benefits Planning

If your child is over 18 and receives SSI, Medicaid, and/or Medicare and is interested in working, or if they are already working and you are worried that they may lose their government benefits, you may want to check out benefits planning. Benefits planning can help you and your adult child see how working may affect their benefits. It can also help you learn how to use work incentives and other programs that allow the individual to keep their benefits and still be able to work. You can find out more about work incentives here.


An organization called vaACCSES receives federal funds to provide free counseling on work incentives. You should do this BEFORE your child starts working but you can do it after as well. DARS can also provide benefits counseling for individuals who are working or want to work and who receive state or federal benefits. Benefits counseling is also available as a service under the DD Waivers.

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