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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

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...
WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2014) -- The Senate Finance Committee announced that it has reached a bipartisan agreement to move the ABLE Act allowing the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts...
WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) -- As unemployment and poverty decline across the nation, both indicators for Americans with disabilities are now double the national average and poverty is on the...
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...

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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.