As you may already know, the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act was introduced in 2012 and with it’s passage would allow families to be able to set aside funds in a tax-free savings account to provide for costs associated with healthcare, employment, housing, transportation and education. While it had wide bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, it was never called for a vote and was reintroduced in 2013 as H.R. 647 (introduced by Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-FL) and S. 313 (introduced by Sen. Robert Casey, D-PA). As of February 15, 2013, the bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Health and the Senate Subcommittee on Finance. As of right now, thanks to the hard work of many at the National Down Syndrome Society and the countless others who have pushed for Senate sponsorship of this important bill, the ABLE Act currently has 269 cosponsors in the House and 46 cosponsors in the Senate. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation is being led by Reps. Van Hollen, Crenshaw, Sessions, and McMorris Rodgers and Sens. Casey and Burr
The ABLE Act still needs your support! Contact your state Senators and ask them to cosponsor the bill – visit www.NDSS.org to see the complete list of bill cosponsors.