Returning to work is a big step for a person receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). You don't want to lose your benefits if it turns out you can't work after all and you have to quit after a few months. You also don't want to lose your eligiblity for Medicare since you probably have a medical or physical condition that needs medical attention. Fortunately, there are several programs that help protect your benefits: the trial work period, the extended period of eligibility, and expedited reinstatement. These incentives allow you to receive your cash benefits and keep your Medicare coverage as you try out working.