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Sen. Schumer and Autism Speaks Push for Passage of ABLE Act

July 28, 2014



(July 28, 2014) – Sen. Chuck Schumer (D – NY) and Autism Speaks held a press conference at the Rosemary Kennedy School in Wantagh, N.Y. to announce his support of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE). The bi-partisan legislation creates tax-advantaged savings accounts, like those for college, in order to finance an individual’s long-term care. The qualifying expenses appear below:

Education — tuition, books, supplies and other services from preschool through postsecondary education

Transportation —includes mass transit; purchasing or modifying vehicles with special equipment; and moving expenses

Housing — purchasing a home, rent, mortgage payments, home improvements, repairs, taxes and utilities are all qualifying expenses

Employment support — expenses related to obtaining and maintaining employment, including job training, assistive technology and personal assistance supports

Health and wellness — qualifying costs include premiums for health insurance, mental health, medical, vision, respite care, nutritional support, adaptive equipment and a host of other services

Assistive technology and personal care attendant support expenses

Other approved expenses and miscellaneous expenses, including financial management and administrative services, legal fees and any other expenses approved by the                             Secretary of the Treasury 

The ABLE Act was originally introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D – PA). Read more about the ABLE Act here. Sen. Schumer and Autism Speaks recently held a separate press conference to address autism and wandering.