ABLE - The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act would level the playing field for individuals with autism (and other disabilities) and their families to save for disability-related expenses. Just as families can put away savings in tax-exempt accounts for children to go to college, the ABLE Act would allow such accounts for individuals with disabilities to cover their future education, housing, transportation and related expenses.

ABLE Accounts would resemble existing 529 college savings plans and would supplement, not replace, benefits provided through Medicaid, private insurance or employment.

News

NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) -- Surrounded by supporters from Autism Speaks and other national disabilities organizations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today urged Congress to move quickly on the ABLE Act...
BOSTON (July 31, 2014) -- The Massachusetts Legislature has sent Gov. Deval Patrick an omnibus autism bill that would expand Medicaid coverage up to age 21 and create tax-free savings for...
WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2014) -- The House Ways and Means Committee today approved the ABLE Act, which would allow tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities without jeoparding...
WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2014) -- The ABLE Act, which would allow tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities, was warmly received today by a U.S. Senate committee which heard...
WASHINGTON, DC (March 28, 2014) --Responding to yesterday's release of the new 1 in 68 autism prevalence estimate, Congressional leaders said the ABLE Act must be part of a national...
WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) -- The Senate's top two leaders--Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)--have signed on as cosponsors of ...
(March 21, 2014) - Today's NYMetroParents online featured an article by Autism Speaks Director of Adult Services Leslie Long and Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel Stuart Spielman on the future of...
NEW YORK (March 14, 2014) -- The New York Times today urged Congress in an editorial to get moving on the ABLE Act, a proposal to create tax-exempt savings accounts for people with disabilities,...
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 19, 2013) – Today, support continued to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey...
WASHINGTON (November 20, 2013) -- With Congress in a state of perpetual gridlock, one piece of legislation has quietly attracted majority support from both parties, in both houses of...

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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.