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Iowans interested in setting up ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts can do so now in Iowa.  You can find all the information you need at www.iable.gov.  The ABLE National Resource Center also hosts regular online information sessions (webinars), and provides up to date information about options - www.ablenrc.org.

ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save up to $14,000 each year to help pay for education, transportation, housing, assistive technology, employment support and training, personal support services, health care expenses, and other "qualified disability expenses."  Family and friends can contribute to these accounts, without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs (including Medicaid).

As Rik Shannon, Public Policy Manager at the Iowa DD Council, explained after the creation of Iowa's ABLE program, “For a long time we’ve had federally imposed asset limits that serve as a roadblock toward financial independence for many people who live with a disability. This is a program that supports people with disabilities to live independently in communities of their choice.”