Lutheran Services in America (LSA-DN) and its member organizations are actively reaching out to both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate urging passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (H.R. 647/S. 313) during the current Lame Duck session of Congress. LSA-DN strongly support the ABLE Act because it will enable individuals with disabilities and their families to save for their future just like every other American. The ABLE Act facilitates self-direction for people with disabilities, supports individuals living in the community and shifts some long-term services and supports costs from Medicaid. The House is due to vote on the Act during the first week of December.
The ABLE Act will enable secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of the designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement but not supplant benefits provided through private insurance, a beneficiary's employment, SSI, Medicaid or other sources. Currently, barriers to employment, independent living, and ultimately, economic self-sufficiency, exist because individuals with disabilities often must rely on services through Medicaid and income supports through SSI. To qualify for these safety net programs, individuals are significantly limited on the amount of assets they can maintain. Through passage of the ABLE Act, individuals with disabilities will utilize 529 accounts to fund a variety of essential expenses, including medical and dental care, education, community-based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing and transportation.
LSA-DN and its members are strongly committed to passage of the ABLE in the 113th Congress. The time is now to enact this important legislation and allow people with disabilities the chance to escape poverty and live the American Dream.
To learn more about the work of the LSA Disability Network and how you can get involved on behalf of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, click here: http://lutheranservices.org/lsa-dn