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Vermont Launches ABLE Program with National Enrollment

 
February 23, 2017

The ABLE National Resource Center, managed by National Disability Institute (NDI), is excited to congratulate the State of Vermont on the launch of its “ABLE Vermont” program. The ABLE Vermont program is available to eligible individuals with disabilities nationwide.

The ABLE Vermont program allows 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, the ABLE Vermont program focuses efforts to ensure minimal costs associated with establishing and maintaining a STABLE account (which can be done all online). The ABLE Vermont program has an annual account fee of $60 ($5.00 per month). Additionally, the program has annual asset-based fees that vary depending on the investment selections held within an account, they will be somewhere in between 0.19% and 0.34%.

The Kentucky STABLE program, Oregon ABLE Savings Plan, ABLE for ALL, MiABLE, ENABLE, ABLE TN, Ohio STABLE Account, The National ABLE Alliance, Virginia ABLENow and ABLE United programs are currently enrolling beneficiaries, and they are doing so primarily via their online portals. We are also expecting at least a couple more states, to be launching their ABLE account programs by the end of the year.
For more information on Vermont STABLE program and how to enroll, please visit http://www.vermontable.com

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.