ABLE in Missouri

So according to Missouri Treasurer Eric Schmitt earlier this month, Missouri has entered into an agreement with four other states (Ohio, Vermont, Georgia, and Kentucky) to implement MO ABLE. To find out more, check out this link to the Missouri Treasurer’s website. Yea!



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ABLE update in D.C.

So a while ago, I signed up for updates from website on ABLE Accounts and so the other day I got my first update on the bill. If you want to check out what they’re doing in D.C. regarding the legislation, click here. You can also sign up for the alerts.

Meanwhile I need to follow up with my state legislators to get an update on where Missouri is at regarding ABLE Accounts. I’m getting anxious to establish an account for my son.



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ABLE act in Missouri

So yesterday I signed up for a workshop on the ABLE act here in Missouri through the St. Louis Arc, a group here in Missouri that supports family member with special abilities (or as they say on their website, intellectual and developmental disabilities).

While the handout says that ABLE accounts are not yet available, I’m looking at this as a way to prepare for when they are. I also need to look back at my notes on Social Security and SSI to make sure I do whats best for my son.

FYI, I just discovered that St. Louis Arc is also having a Family Resource Market in April where we have 15 minute one-on-one discussions with various groups including Social Security and SSI. Good to know.



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Finding the sun

Now I’ve been following this story for a little while, about Sheltered Workshops and how states are looking at alternatives. Well, anyway, it looks like at least the state of Minnesota is headed that way. I think that I need to reach out to my local state representative to find out what Missouri is doing.

In fact, I know a local store owner (whose son is also autistic) that I’m going to get in touch with in part because we had a discussion about the Sheltered Workshops a few weeks ago and how they pay so little. After I do that, I’ll let you know what happens.

Oh yea, the article I read today about these is entitled “States Developing Alternatives To Sheltered Workshops” by Chris Serres via the Star-Tribune and over at Disability Scoop. I also need to talk to my state representative about ABLE accounts. So much to do and so little time but at least I feel motivated.



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ABLE update

This just in:

Tucked inside a tax bill approved by lawmakers last month is a provision that will permit individuals with disabilities to open new accounts established under the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act in any state, regardless of where they reside.

In other words:

The change means that people with disabilities across the country will be able to open ABLE accounts when the first state programs are up and running which could happen as soon as February or March, advocates say.

The best part is:

With the new accounts, people with disabilities will for the first time be able to accrue up to $100,000 in savings without losing access to Social Security and other government benefits. Medicaid coverage will remain intact no matter how much money is saved in an individual’s ABLE account.

This and more from the article entitled “ABLE Accounts May Be Available Sooner Than Expected by Michelle Diament at Disability Scoop. Now I need to find out how it will affect Missouri. Stay tuned!



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Meet me in St. Louis

It’s nice to see that kids and adults like my son, have another ally here in Missouri. That’s what I learned when I read the article entitled “Gadsey’s move to Missouri signals more advocacy for state’s disabled” over at the Missouri Times.

In addition to that, he works for Paraquad, a great support group here in St. Louis. I’ve been fortunate to give back to them by donating computers, courtesy of my workplace. In fact, I’m planning another donation next month.

Good people!


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ABLE continuing to expand

I know recently that the state of Missouri passed legislation that creates ABLE or Achieving a Better Life Experience accounts for those with special abilities. Missouri however, is not along.  According to the article, “State Officials Plan For New ABLE AccountsBy 88 participants from 35 states met a couple of weeks ago in Chicago, Illinois to work on increasing those numbers.

The goal for Illinois was to work with other states to present federal rule makers suggestions on how to implement the process efficiently while also exploring a collaboration with other states. Here’s hoping that Missouri jumps at the opportunity to work with their neighbor. Go Missouri!

Now while the article states that more than twenty states have enacted similar legislation, according to a recent article over at Autism Speaks entitled “North Carolina 30th state to enact ABLE legislation“, the number of states now stands at thirty.



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Signed on the dotted line for ABLE

So for all of Missouri and all those families with loved ones and their abilities, the love grew a little stronger this past Monday with the passage of SB 174 or the “Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE)” program. That according to the article entitled “Missouri legislators continue autism successes with bill signature” over at the Missouri Times.

I also have to give a shout out to Senator Eric Schmitt, a gentleman I met back when my son was first diagnosed with autism and after I learned that his son was also diagnosed with autism.

Thank you!


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