A Voice for Those With Disabilities
I received this letter from Joe Miller who is one of the great champions in our area for those with disabilities. When Brooke and I found out that Holland would be born with disabilities Joe was the first person to contact us to help us figure everything out. Joe has a young daughter named Tessi who also has Down syndrome. Please read the information below and act to help! This bill is so important to children with disabilities. For most of them, this will be the only opportunity for their families to put money aside without losing their most needed benefits. So what can you do? Call your US Senators and US Represented and urge them to pass the ABLE Act of 2013 in November. Your voice does matter! Finally, Send this to your friends that you feel will act on behalf of Holland Burleson, Tessie Miller, and all the children who need your help. Click this link to find out how to contact the people of congress. http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm
Holland and Tessi at Hollands Birthday Party
and the rest of the Run For Holland Board
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013 (S. 313/H.R.647) was introduced in the 113th Congress by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional Champions including Sens. Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX).
The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.
An ABLE account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The ABLE Act provides individuals with disabilities the same types of flexible savings tools that all other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. The legislation also contains Medicaid fraud protection against abuse and a Medicaid pay-back provision when the beneficiary passes away. It will eliminate barriers to work and saving by preventing dollars saved through ABLE accounts from counting against an individual’s eligibility for any federal benefits program.