Abstract

Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014. ABLE represents transformative policy change that will open new pathways to advance independence and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with significant disabilities. ABLE accounts are exempt as a resource from means-tested eligibility requirements for public benefits such as Social Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. This article explains the critical elements of ABLE implementation and describes the impact of ABLE on future disability policy and program development.

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