Employment Programs

Meet Ben!

Ben is just one of over 316,000 individuals who are utilizing their “Ticket” to go to work!

The Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program through Social Security that Ben is utilizing to assist him in finding and keeping a job.  The program ensures he can get the help he needs to safely explore work options without immediately losing his benefits and find the job that is right. He is also utilizing a combination of work incentives to maximize his income until he begins to earn enough to support himself. Therefore, he can:

  • Go to work without automatically losing disability benefits;
  • Return to benefits if he has to stop working;
  • Continue to receive healthcare benefits; and
  • Be protected from receiving a medical continuing disability review while using the Ticket and making the expected progress with work or educational goals.

If you, or someone you know, is between the ages of 18 through 64 and receive Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the Ticket to Work program may be the “Ticket!”  Call Aspire’s Employment Network (EN) to learn more about how you can utilize YOUR Ticket to Work!

Call (765) 641-8382 or
Toll-free at 1-877-574-7254

 
 

Healthcare and Taxes in 2016

It is tax season; and as you begin to prepare your taxes for the 2015 year, Aspire Indiana, Inc., would like to remind you of some vital information that could affect your tax costs and refunds this year. According to the Affordable Care Act, individuals who fail to obtain health insurance may face a fee called the “individual shared responsibility payment.” This fee is a penalty for not having health insurance and is owed for any month you, your spouse, or your tax dependents did not have health insurance. The health insurance you obtain must also qualify as a type of minimum essential coverage. There may be some cases, where you may also qualify for health care exemptions. Below is a brief overview of those penalties from 2014 to present.

The penalty for 2014 is the higher of these:

  • 1 % of household income
  • Maximum: Total yearly premium for national average price of a Bronze plan sold through the Marketplace or
  • $95 per adult
  • $47.50 per child under 18
  • Maximum: $285

The penalty for 2015 is the higher of these:    

  • 2% of household income
  • Maximum: Total yearly premium for national average price of a Bronze plan sold through the Marketplace or
  • $325
  • $162.50 per child under 18
  • Maximum: $975

The penalty will continue to increase yearly. In 2016 the fee will climb to almost 5 times as much as in the year 2014. Below is what Americans without health insurance will face during the next tax season if health insurance is not obtained:

2016

  • 2.5 of household income
  • Maximum: Total yearly premium for the national average price of a Bronze plan sold through the Marketplace or
  • $695 per adult
  • $347.50 per child under 18
  • Maximum: $2085

You can pay this fee if someone did not have insurance and others in your household did. If you had health insurance for a partial year you pay 1/12 of the amount. If you missed only one or two months you will not have to pay anything.
(Healthcare.gov, 2015)

Aspire Indiana would like to help you avoid these penalties. We have Entitlement Specialist available to assist our clients with obtaining health benefits. Please contact your Aspire Indiana office to get contacted today.

*For more information you can visit www.obamacare-guide.org/individuals-families/

References

Healthcare.gov (2015). How to estimate your fee for 2016. Author. Retrieved from
https://www.healthcare.gov/fees/estimate-your-fee/


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please be aware and report child abuse at
1-800-800-5556.


Administrative Professionals Day is April 27th and we'd like you to join us in recognizing our receptionists, administrative support professionals, secretaries, and administrative assistants who make so much of what Aspire does everyday, possible. Thank you!!


The Willowbrook Art Project celebrates the artists and consumers of Aspire Indiana. The project demonstrates that consumers are complete, whole humans who have diverse talents, interests, and goals.  Because of mental health stigma, sometimes this idea is lost upon the general public.  This project shows that consumers have real, observable skills and interests; they are not simply “sick” or defined only by having a mental illness. 

We hope the project will serve as a permanent reminder of the awesome talents of our consumers and we are hopeful it will inspire others who see it in the years to come.

Join us for an evening of Celebrating the Artist
April 14, 2016
5:30 – 7:00
2506 Willowbrook Parkway, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN
Please contact Michael.Gray@AspireIndiana.org for more information