Upgraded disability benefits program launched

TRENTON – The state has unveiled an upgrade to an online program to help the disabled to figure out the level of income they can earn without jeopardizing benefits.

The state Department of Human Services’ Division of Disability Services, in partnership with the World Institute on Disability, has launched a new version of New Jersey Disability Benefits 101 (NJDB101).

“Employment empowers everyone to gain financial stability and a sense of personal achievement and people with disabilities are no different,” DHS Commissioner Jennifer Velez said in a statement. “NJDB101 serves as a tool for individuals, whose disability benefits remain essential, to make informed decisions about employment.”

The program prompts users for information, such as the amount and type of disability benefits the person receives.

In addition, the benefits calculator is useful for individuals participating in NJ WorkAbility, a program that offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid.

Upgraded disability benefits program launched