Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Help Pass ABLE Act

I received this today in my email and wanted to pass the information along to you all.

Help Pass ABLE Act

Take Action!
Contact Your Representative


Contact Your Representatives to Convene a Hearing and Vote on the ABLE Act Today

As you know, the NDSC endorsed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2009 (S. 493/H.R. 1205). The ABLE Act will give individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to have a savings account which could fund a variety of essential expenses for the individual, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The funds from the account would accumulate interest tax-free.

Another important aspect of this bill is that the funds in the Able Account will not count as assets of the individual with a disability when determining their eligibility for important and life-sustaining federal benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicaid.

The legislation is supported by both parties. Currently, H.R. 1205 has 180 cosponsors, including 19 members of the important House Ways & Means Committee.

Please contact your Representatives to encourage them to convene a hearing and vote on the ABLE Act today!

Talking Points

* Please help pass Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2009 (S 493/HR 1205) by encouraging House leadership to schedule a vote on the bill this Congress.

* This is bi-partisan legislation is being led by the following Members: Representatives Crenshaw (R-FL), Meek (D-FL), Kennedy (D-RI), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and McDermott (D-WA)

* The bill has 180 cosponsors, including 19 members of the House Ways & Means Committee, in the House.

If your Representative or staff member has any questions or is interested in cosponsor the bill contact Dustin Krasny (202-225-2501) in Representative Ander Crenshaw's office

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