Capitol Correspondence - 08.13.18

Senators Express Bipartisan Support for ABLE Age Adjustment Act

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In an opinion piece over the weekend, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Bob Casey penned an opinion piece expressing support for the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 817) which would expand eligibility for ABLE Accounts that permit larger savings for individuals with disabilities without disqualifying them from receiving benefits like Medicaid. ANCOR is a lead supporter of this bill and it is one of our priorities for the August Advocacy Challenge.

As stated in CNN Opinion:

“For many people with disabilities, barriers are still in place to earning and saving for the future. Many eligible Americans still do not know about ABLE accounts or receive the support they need to open them. And people who acquire their disabilities after their 26th birthday cannot benefit from ABLE accounts.

It is time for us to do more to help individuals with disabilities gain employment — first, by improving awareness of ABLE accounts for those who are eligible, and second, by extending eligibility for ABLE accounts.”