Representatives Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Senators Robert Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr, (R-N.C.) introduced the ABLE Act (H.R. 647/S. 313) in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, respectively.
The proposed act amends section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the establishment of “ABLE accounts” for the care of family members with disabilities. ABLE accounts encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds that can be used to support the health, independence and quality of life of the person with a disability.
Qualified disability expenses include: education, housing, transportation, employment support, health and wellness, assistive technology, personal care attendant support, miscellaneous expenses, and other approved expenses.
In the few weeks since this bill was first introduced, momentum has been strong and we need your outreach to help ensure that the pace continues. The ABLE Act assists individuals with disabilities in achieving desired levels of independence and success. But we need your help — please contact your elected officials in Congress, and let them know that you support the ABLE Act of 2013 (H.R. 647 and S. 313).
The MD community is building tremendous momentum as new co-sponsors are signing on in support of the Able Act of 2013. With 79 co-sponsors in the House and 24 in the Senate, we’re off to a strong start.
H.R. 647 (Able Act of 2013/103 co-sponsors)
Sponsor: Rep. Ander Crenshaw (FL-4); introduced Feb. 13, 2013
Latest major action: Referred to House subcommittee Feb. 15, 2013. Status: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Health.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-6) — 2/13/2013
Rep. David Loebsack (IA-2) — 3/12/2013
S. 313 (Able Act of 2013/27 co-sponsors)
Sponsor: Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (PA); introduced 2/13/2013.)
Latest major action: Referred to Senate committee Feb. 13, 2013. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI) — 2/13/2013
Sen. Mike Johanns (NE) — 2/13/2013
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