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Senators Introduce ENABLE Act to Permanently Extend Key Provisions for Disability Savings

U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Eric Schmitt (R-MO) introduced the ENABLE Act to permanently extend three critical provisions of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program. Established in 2014 by Senator Casey, ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save in tax-free accounts without affecting their eligibility for federal programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The three provisions at risk of expiring in 2025 facilitate broader accessibility and enhanced saving capabilities within the program. The ENABLE Act aims to make these provisions permanent to ensure continued access to ABLE accounts for people with disabilities nationwide.

The bill has bipartisan support, including Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Peter Welch (D-VT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). These provisions include allowing employed individuals with disabilities to contribute above the standard limit to their ABLE accounts, offering a nonrefundable tax credit for contributions, and permitting rollovers from 529 education savings accounts to ABLE accounts under certain conditions.

Since its inception, the ABLE program has enabled over 162,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. to save more than $1.74 billion. The ENABLE Act also builds on the success of the ABLE Age Adjustment Act, which expanded eligibility for ABLE accounts and is set to take effect in 2026.

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