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ABLE - The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014 by President Obama. ABLE amends the federal tax code to allow Section 529 tax-exempt savings accounts for disability-related expenses. Modeled after college savings accounts, ABLE accounts will enable people with autism and their families to save for housing, education, transportation, medical and other expenses if related to their disability. Assets in ABLE accounts will be exempt from a $2,000 cap on conventional savings accounts; exceeding the cap voids eligibility for Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The states -- which manage Section 529 programs--must now incorporate ABLE into their programs.

 

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The lead House and Senate sponsors of the newly enacted ABLE Act say the new law will provide important financial help for people with autism and thanked the autism community for...
The ABLE Act will make a profound difference for the autism community.  Here's what we'd like you to know about the new law:  Any contributor—such as a family member, a...
The ABLE Act was signed into law this month and it's already bringing hope to families across the country.  North Carolina's FOX8-TV looked at how the law is helping in the local...
WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama has enacted the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) which will allow tax-free savings accounts to help individuals and families cover lifetime...
WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama signed into law the ABLE Act today, following a bipartisan vote in the Senate earlier this week.  The signing culminated an eight-year campaign to gain approval...
WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Meeting with parents of children with autism at the Autism Speaks office here, U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-22) and Ted Deutch (FL-21) spoke of the benefits that...
WASHINGTON, DC -- The ABLE Act won final Congressional approval today in the Senate on a 76-16 vote and now heads to President Obama for his signature. The vote culminated an eight-year campaign...
WASHINGTON, DC -- Autism Speaks today mourned the passing of Steve Beck, Jr., vice chair of the board of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), and a driving force behind the ABLE Act...
PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Senator Bob Casey, the lead Senate sponsor of the ABLE Act, called for a vote next week in the Senate before Congress adjourns at a rally with Delaware Valley disability...
(WASHINGTON, DC) --  The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the ABLE Act 404-17 allowing tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and sent the bill to the Senate for...

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ABLE Bill History

113th Congress

February 13, 2013: ABLE is reintroduced in 113th Congress

112th Congress

January 3, 2013: Session concludes with no action on ABLE; bill has 236 House and 41 Senate co-sponsors

November 15, 2011: The ABLE Act is introduced in the Senate and House.