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Our 2016 Legislative Agenda

 

AADD will support legislation to be filed during the 2016 legislative session that will implement the “ABLE” Act in Georgia, easing the financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities.

The Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would operate under federal authorization legislation passed in 2014 to make a tax-free savings account available to cover qualified expenses. The would include education, housing, and transportation for people with serious disabilities.

Structured similar to an education savings 529 account, an ABLE account may fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals with disabilities including medical and dental care, education, community-based supports, employment training and support, assistive technology, housing and transportation.

        • The assets in the accounts would not be considered for the supplemental security income (SSI) program, Medicaid, and other federal means-tested benefits, which limit currently personal assets at $2,000.
        • Eligibility is limited to individuals with significant disabilities that onset before 26 years of age.

Because the bill involves revenue, it must originate as a House Bill per state constitutional guidelines. The bill will likely be assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee. Thirty-four states have already enacted the ABLE Act, and other states are in the process of considering the law.

Several Georgia legislators have already expressed strong support for the proposed legislation and are preparing to introduce bills early in the session.