Act now: help public benefits recipients build wealth

We need your help now to make sure that public benefits recipients can save for the future.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act will allow people with disabilities and their families and caretakers to create a tax-exempt savings account. The money in the savings account would not be considered an asset, allowing people with disabilities and their caretakers to save for emergencies without losing access to benefits. The House Ways and Means Committee has recently voted to move the bill forward.

Time is running out. Congress returns to Washington D.C. in September and this bill may be up for a vote. The ABLE Act needs to be approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. You can make a difference by contacting your Senators and Representatives. Call 202.224.3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators’ and Representatives' offices. If you don't know who your Representative or Senators are, find out here: House, Senate. Once you're connected, here's what to say:

My name is [your name] from [your organization or coalition]. I’m calling to ask you to support House Bill H.R.647 / Senate Bill S.313, the ABLE Act of 2013, so that people with disabilities are able to save and have the chance to gain economic self-sufficiency.