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 (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...
BATON ROUGE (April 26, 2013) -- The Louisiana Legislature has adopted a concurrent resolution calling on Congress to pass the Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act  to help individuals...
WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2013) – Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), fellow Members of Congress and disability advocates, including Autism Speaks...
WASHINGTON, DC (February, 13, 2013) -- Bipartisan legislation that would enable families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with...
WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2012) – The nation's leading disability organizations, including Autism Speaks, joined today with Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-...

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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.