As your state representative, it is my job to represent the voices of each individual in my district.  It is vitally important to speak for the disabled and make sure their needs are addressed at the Ohio Statehouse.  My priority remains giving every person an equal opportunity to succeed—especially those with special needs.


In December of 2014, the federal government passed legislation creating the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows people with a disability to create a tax-advantaged account. To provide for this resource in Ohio, the state legislature passed House Bill 155, thus creating the Ohio ABLE Act. But what exactly is a tax-advantaged account and how does it benefit Ohioans?


STABLE accounts are investment accounts, operating in a similar manner to some college savings or retirement accounts.  While money can still be withdrawn and deposited, the account gives users the ability to grow and save their money for long-term expenses. The account’s earnings are not subject to federal or state income taxes and can be used for extra expenses that often come with living with a disability.


Another advantage of opening a STABLE account is that its funds do not count against your eligibility for federal benefits programs. An individual or a family member can deposit up to $14,000 a year, but that money is not considered an asset when determining eligibility for Medicaid or other benefits programs. This allows those who are disabled to keep necessary benefits and still access a resource that allows them to be more financially independent.


Living with a disability often brings with it additional costs for healthcare, transportation, technology, and even basic living expenses.  Those who have such special needs still deserve the right to more independence and financial security, and STABLE accounts provide that opportunity.  The program is administered through the Ohio Treasurer’s office and was officially launched this past June, making Ohio the first state to offer these accounts to those with disabilities and their families.  The Ohio ABLE Act is a simple and common-sense resource which can be utilized by those with a higher cost of living due to a disability.


I was proud to stand behind this initiative, and I look forward to seeing many Ohioans take advantage of it to maintain healthy and self-sufficient lifestyles. If you or someone you know is interested in a STABLE account, more information can be found at www.stableaccount.com.

 
 
 
  
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John Becker Sworn In As State Representative Of The 65th House District

 
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State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township – Clermont Co.) yesterday was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly. He represents the 65th Ohio House District, which includes portions of northwest Clermont County.