In 2014 Congress passed Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act legislation making 529A (ABLE) accounts available across the country for eligible individuals with disabilities to safely save money to improve their health, independence and quality of life without jeopardizing eligibility for public benefits. Despite the widespread availability of ABLE accounts, only a small fraction of the millions of ABLE eligible individuals have taken advantage of this savings and investment account to date.
This webinar provides ABLE account “nuts and bolts” information to help P&A/CAP staff advocate for people with disabilities when it comes to ABLE accounts and in so doing help them to build financial security and improve their quality of life. References to representative payee reviews and SSA policy links are provided for staff who wish to learn more.
Basic and Intermediate issues covered:
- What is an ABLE account and who can open an account?
- Why should someone open an ABLE account?
- When should someone open an ABLE account?
- How do public and disability benefits interact with ABLE?
- How to open an ABLE account?
- What are ABLE qualified disability expenses?
- What are the opportunities for ABLE advocacy?
Links to resources including Federal guidance, decision guides, plan comparison tools, Service Provider and BIPOC Outreach Toolkits will be provided so that participants can continue to build their knowledge base.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar is being hosted by the ABLE National Resource Center.
Miranda Kennedy, ABLE National Resource Center
Marlene Ulisky, Financial Empowerment & Disability Benefits
Cheryl Bates-Harris, NDRN