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Thursday, June 14, 2018

ABLE Age Adjustment Act

The Politics of Autism includes a discussion of the ABLE Act.

On May 22, over 25 organizations came together to strategize how to pass the ABLE Age Adjustment Act in the 115th Congress. The bill (H.R. 1874 /S.817) extends the upper age limit for eligibility for ABLE accounts from 26 to 46 years old. This would allow for a much larger pool of people to increase their assets while protecting eligibility for federal income supports and health care. Recently, the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) released data showing that in order for ABLE to continue, the number of funded ABLE accounts needs to increase from 17,000 to 390,000 by the year 2021. We understand how important ABLE is to many people around the country, and how urgent and crucial it would be if the age limit was extended. The Autism Society will work with this coalition to help pass this bill in this Congress and urges advocates to encourage their Members of Congress to support the bill.