Scenarios

How does POD work in real-life?

Lucy, Joe, Maria, Rabiah, Andre, and Steve are SSDI beneficiaries. Explore their scenarios to see how the new POD rules affect them. Or, create your own scenario with the POD calculator, a tool that lets you see how SSDI benefits change at different levels of earnings under SSA’s current rules and the new POD rules.

The scenarios and calculator can help you learn more about how the new POD rules work, but they cannot tell you exactly how the new rules will affect you. Only you can decide whether POD is right for you based on your current and future work and earnings. If you have questions about how your benefits and income might change under the new POD rules, please contact the POD call center at 1-888-771-9188 and select option 1.

Lucy

Lucy earns less than $1,180/month—the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level for non-blind beneficiaries in 2018.
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Joe

Joe earns more than $1,180/month—the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level for non-blind beneficiaries in 2018.
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Maria

Maria has impairment-related work expenses (IRWEs).
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Rabiah

Rabiah receives both SSI and SSDI benefits.
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Andre

Andre is self-employed.
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Steve

Steve is blind.
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