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Alaska and Rhode Island Launch ABLE Programs

 
December 27, 2016

The ABLE National Resource Center, managed by National Disability Institute (NDI), is excited to congratulate the States of Alaska and Rhode Island on the launch of their “Alaska ABLE Plan” and “RI’s ABLE Plan” programs. Both programs are members of the National ABLE Alliance, a group of 13 states that have pooled resources in order to offer their respective ABLE programs. Additionally, both the Alaska ABLE Plan and the RI’s ABLE Plan open to eligible individuals with disabilities nationwide.

Both programs allow qualified individuals with disabilities to save up to $14,000 a year in an ABLE account without jeopardizing their eligibility for federally-funded means tested benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. The funds in the account can be used for disability-related expenses that assist the beneficiary in increasing and/or maintaining his or her health, independence or quality of life.

Millions of individuals with disabilities and their families are often relegated to a life of poverty as a result of not being allowed to build even the most modest levels of resources. Individuals receiving supports through Social Security, Medicaid and other publicly-funded programs are often disqualified from those supports if they have more than $2,000 worth of resources or assets. Now, with the launch of nationwide ABLE programs, individuals with disabilities and their families will be able to take a step to better secure their financial futures and to help offset the often significant financial challenges that can accompany living with a disability.

Not unlike the other ABLE programs across the country, both the Alaska ABLE Plan and the RI’s ABLE Plan programs focus efforts to ensure minimal costs associated with establishing and maintaining an ABLE account (which can be done all online). For both programs, the annualized investment costs on assets per investment option range from 0.34% to 0.38%, depending on which investment option(s) you select. Each account is charged an annual account maintenance fee of $40 and an annual paper delivery fee of $15 for the printing and mailing of statements and confirmations. The annual paper delivery fee will be waived if you sign up for electronic delivery.

The Alaska ABLE Plan program, RI’s ABLE Plan program, the ABLEnow program, Kentucky STABLE program, Oregon ABLE Savings Plan, ABLE for ALL, MiABLE, ENABLE, ABLE TN, Ohio STABLE Account, and ABLE United programs are the programs currently enrolling beneficiaries, and they are doing so primarily via their online portals. We are also expecting several other states to launch ABLE programs at the beginning of 2017.

For more information on the Alaska ABLE Plan program and how to enroll, please visit https://savewithable.com/ak/home.html.

For more information on the RI’s ABLE Plan program and how to enroll, please visit https://savewithable.com/ri/home.html.

For more information related to ABLE programs and accounts in general, and for the latest news regarding other state programs, please visit the ABLE National Resource Center at www.ablenrc.org.