Jeffords Announces Disability Work Program

06/18/02 12:00AM

(Host) Senator Jim Jeffords is making it easier for disabled Americans to work without losing their health care coverage and other benefits. Jeffords joined state and federal officials Monday in launching the "Ticket to Work" program. The program is a result of the Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, which Jeffords authored.

Previously, disabled people who received assistance would lose that assistance if they earned more than $500 dollars a month. Under the program, the beneficiaries will receive a ticket that will entitle them to vocational rehabilitation, job training and other services. They will then be able to join the work force without losing their benefits until it's clear they can support themselves.

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