It is critical that we as state legislators work for the betterment of all of our constituents. When a specific segment of our population is suffering, we need to step forward on their behalf to help them. That is why I supported House Bill 155, which was passed unanimously in the Ohio House recently.


The sad fact is that many people with disabilities find themselves in poverty at one point or other. House Bill 155 provides for the establishment of the “Achieve a Better Living Experience” (ABLE) program in Ohio. The ABLE program is a chance to help individuals with disabilities by creating tax-advantaged bank accounts, known as ABLE accounts.  These accounts give our disabled Ohioans better control over their finances, free of the fear of losing their benefits.


The program would be implemented and administered by the Treasurer of State, who would work with a nine-member ABLE Account Program Advisory Board in reviewing and making recommendations regarding the program. The legislation stems from a federal law requiring state’s approval that was passed in 2014. Ohio is one of many states to be working on this legislation.


Many disabled Ohioans currently rely on public benefits for many needed services. Many of them also work difficult jobs to make a living and provide for themselves and their families. The ABLE Act could be a big step in helping to shed light on the additional costs of living with a disability. I hope it is able to provide support to these citizens, and give them better access and say in their financial futures.


The bill passed in the Ohio House and is currently receiving consideration in the Ohio Senate. I hope to see its quick passage through the legislature so we can begin the process of starting this program across the state.


If you have any input on this or any other state government related issues, I encourage you to contact my office. We will be happy to work with you.

 
 
 
  
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