Autism Delaware opposes any spending plan that would harm services for people with disabilities and their families. This includes cuts to and block granting Medicaid, arbitrary spending caps, and balanced budget requirements that would prevent the federal government from responding to increases in service needs. Cutting services from some of our most vulnerable citizens is not fiscal or moral responsibility.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act would create a tax-advantaged fund for families to save for the future of a child with disabilities without threatening their eligibility for federal services that do not always address the true costs of life with disability or enable a person with a disability to invest in their own future. Withdrawals could be used for education, transportation, health care costs, housing, employment support, and assistive technology.
The ABLE Act did not pass in the 112th Congress which ended in January 2013. Supporters plan to seek its reintroduction and passage in the current 113th Congress.