Are you employed or preparing to work?

Many individuals with disabilities fear that work activity will result in an immediate loss of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cash benefits, or a loss of health insurance through Medicaid or Medicare. Talking with a knowledgeable Community Work Incentive Coordinator (Benefits Specialist) can ease some of the worry and help with planning.

How can Starbridge help you?

Starbridge can help individuals who are pursuing work goals to take advantage of special work incentives that will, in many cases, allow them to retain cash benefits, Medicaid or Medicare. Our Community Work Incentive Coordinators (Benefits Specialists) can provide information, advice, and benefits planning services, including such topics as –

  • SSI budgeting rules and SSI rules for disregarding a portion of earned income
  • SSI’s PASS (Plan for Achieving Self Support)
  • SSDI’s trial work period, extended period of eligibility, and expedited reinstatement provisions
  • The 1619(b) Medicaid and extended Medicare provisions
  • The Medicaid buy-in program

Whom can we serve?

Any individual who –

  • Receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cash benefits; OR
  • Receives extended Medicaid under the 1619(b) program for persons who lose SSI due to work activity, or extended Medicare for persons who lose SSDI due to work activity; OR
  • Is a special education student, age 14 or older, who receives SSI or SSDI;


  • Resides in one of the following counties: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne or Yates


  • Is working or considering employment.

How do you get started?

Use the Contact Us form or call us at 585-224-7359. Your message will be received by our Intake Coordinator. The Coordinator will ask for information about you or the person you are calling about (if you are phoning for someone else). After reviewing your information, the Intake Coordinator may be able to refer you to one of our Community Work Incentive Coordinators (Benefits Specialists).

Starbridge is a partner in the Work Incentives and Benefits Advisement Project of Western New York (WIBA).WIBA is primarily funded through the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) grant.  The WIPA grant is 100 percent funded by the Social Security Administration under Grant #14-W-50065-2-01. The project partners are Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Independent Living of Niagara County, Southwestern Independent Living Center, and Starbridge.  We also provide benefits advisement through referrals from two state vocational rehabilitation agencies, ACCES-VR and the NYS Commission for the Blind.