ABLE Act Now Law in the District of Columbia

February 2, 2016

On October 16, 2015, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law B21-0252. The law was given Congressional approval and became permanent legislation on February 2, 2016. The ABLE Act will allow certain individuals with disabilities and their families the opportunity to contribute to a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life. As passed, the ABLE Act requires each state to independently establish, implement or contract with other states on the availability of ABLE accounts.

The members of the ABLE National Resource Center have long championed the ABLE Act as a critical strategy to providing a pathway to a better economic future for all people with disabilities. As the nation’s only disability related collabrative solely dedicated to assisting in the development of ABLE programs, the Center applauds the District of Columbia Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser for their support of the ABLE Act. We look forward to working with other states on crafting and passing similar legislation.