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ACTION ALERT: National Call-In Day for #ABLEAgeNow

For the past 5 years, ABLE accounts have helped people with disabilities across the country save money without jeopardizing access to Medicaid home and community-based services and other federal supports they need to live in their communities. Unfortunately, millions of people with disabilities aren’t eligible for ABLE accounts because they acquired their disability after age 25.

The Arc and many other disability organizations strongly support a bill to fix the ABLE program, the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 651 /H.R. 1814), and ensure 6 million more people with disabilities will be eligible for ABLE accounts. Click here to learn more about the ABLE Age Adjustment Act.

On Thursday, November 14, there will be a national call-in day to ask Congress to support the ABLE Age Adjustment Act!

Here’s how to join the national call-in day:

  • Join the Facebook event here.
  • On November 14th, call your elected officials in Congress (or submit a script using our proxy caller system) and let them know you’re asking them to support the ABLE Age Adjustment Act. You can use our script:
Script for calling your members of Congress
Hello, my name is [your full name] and I’m from [city]. I am calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to cosponsor the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 651/H.R. 1814).

ABLE accounts help people with disabilities across the country save money without jeopardizing access to their home and community-based services and other supports they need to live in their communities.

Unfortunately, only people whose disabilities who acquired their disability before age 26 are currently eligible for ABLE accounts. This means millions of people with disabilities that occur later in life, including multiple sclerosis, ALS, paralysis due to an accident, and veterans who become disabled as a result of their service after age 25 are currently ineligible for ABLE accounts.

That is why I want the [Senator/Representative] to cosponsor the ABLE Age bill which allow 6 million more people with disabilities to open an ABLE account and enhance their financial independence and quality of life.

It will also increase the likelihood that ABLE programs across the country will be sustainable and costs will be kept low.

I hope we can count on the [Senator/Representative] to support the disability community and cosponsor the ABLE Age Adjustment Act!

Let us know how it went by posting to the hashtag #ABLEAgeNow on Twitter, or by commenting in the Facebook event. Together, we can push to make sure that more people with disabilities have the ability to save our money.

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