In August 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) sent notices to over 347,000 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients between the ages of 14 and 17, and to their adult representatives, to assist them in identifying resources to help them transition to adulthood. SSA included Achieving a Better life Experience (ABLE) accounts in their updated pamphlet, “What You Need to Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18,” as one of the recommended resources, and they included the ABLE National Resource Center website as a source for more information. SSA reiterated the fact that up to and including $100,000 in an ABLE account does not count as a resource under SSI rules.
The publication, which is available in English and Spanish, helps youth prepare for the transition from school to adult life. It provides information about SSI work incentives that primarily affect youth, as well as information about common programs, services and supports, including ABLE, that may be helpful.