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What is Red Book?

Definition of Red Book

The Red Book is a reference guide which outlines the provisions created by the Social Security Administration to facilitate the return to work for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. The Social Security Administration has implemented policies and procedures to support the efforts of the disabled to develop the skills necessary to return to the workforce and help them reach their employment goals. Congress has created employment support systems to help the disabled reenter the workforce if their condition allows by creating programs which allow the claimant to maintain their monthly cash benefits and healthcare eligibility throughout a "trial work period". The Red Book is primarily a tool designed for rehabilitation professionals, counselors, educators and advocators who work with the disabled. The Red Book can also be a useful tool or self-help guide for the disabled. To this end, the Red Book contains a general description of the Social Security Administration's disability policies. Separate rules and regulations pertain to benefits for retirement. A Spanish version of the Red Book is also available online.

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