Since the enactment of the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act) in December 2014, PPMD has been working with leading disability organizations to ensure that states adopt and effectively implement ABLE legislation. ABLE implementation involves a process that includes the establishment of both federal regulations by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that will guide state programs – and the establishment of ABLE programs within each state through state legislation. While often federal regulations would precede state legislations, the disability advocacy community led an aggressive campaign with state legislative champions which has yielded great success and resulted in the existence of ABLE legislation in more than 50% of states at the time when the proposed federal regulations were issued for public comment in June.
To date, 31 states passed state ABLE legislation with 25 of these bills enacted and 8 bills active. For a complete listing of state legislative efforts, visit the state ABLE resource page of NDSS.
On June 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Treasury released the proposed regulations and rules for the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. For more information, please read the IRS' notification of proposed ABLE regulations.
Development and implementation of state ABLE programs will be guided by the recently published proposed rules. While these programs will need to be sensitive to state resources and capacities, they must ensure that ABLE accounts fulfill their promise of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life. To that end, PPMD is engaged is a coalition of disability leadership organizations – ABLE National Resource Center – working to gain a better understanding of the level of enthusiasm behind creating ABLE accounts and how potential beneficiaries may utilize these accounts. The information gathered through this survey will be analyzed by the ABLE National Resource Center and made available to its’ members and other relevant stakeholders. We believe that it is critical that our community is well represented within this survey about ABLE account usage and urge you to take a few moments to complete this brief questionnaire before August 3rd.
Thank you for helping us as we work together to build new resources and benefit pathways for our Duchenne community.