Advocates and Legislators Celebrate ABLE Passage

Act will allow parents to save money for long-term care of children with autism

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Congressmen John Larson (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and other advocates gathered this morning in Hartford, Connecticut to praise the passage of the ABLE Act. This legislation will allow parents to save money for long-term care of children with autism

December 19, 2014

HARTFORD —This morning at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Representatives John Larson (D-Conn.) and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) celebrated the recent bipartisan passage of legislation that will allow parents who have children with autism to save money for their long-term care. The legislators were joined today by Shannon Knall, the Autism Speaks Connecticut Advocacy Chair, members of CT Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT), and other advocates to discuss the positive impact that the Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act will have on disabled individuals and their families.

The ABLE Act – which was cosponsored by Blumenthal, Murphy, Larson, and Esty – will allow families to establish tax-free accounts to save for the long-term care of their disabled family members. The legislation will be signed into law as part of the tax extenders package that Congress passed earlier this week.

To learn how ABLE Acts would work go here. 

You can read more of our ABLE Act coverage here. 


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