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Sunday, August 12, 2018

ABLE Age Adjustment Act

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

From the Autism Society:
The Autism Society and other national disability groups used the ADA anniversary to spur action on the ABLE Age Adjustment Act. In 2014 Congress passed the ABLE Act, which authorized the creation of savings accounts for people to save money for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. These accounts are important because people with disabilities can lose their eligibility for public benefits if they accumulated more than $2,000 in assets if they do not have access to an ABLE account. While the ABLE Act performs a valuable service, only those that acquire a disability before age 26 are eligible. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act increases the age cut-off to 46 years of age which would allow an additional 6 million people with disabilities. Autism Society affiliates are encouraged to reach out to their Members of Congress to urge them to co-sponsor this bill. A sample letter is provided in the ASA Action Center.