12 / 19 / 2014
The ABLE Act, which would help people with disabilities save for college and retirement, has passed Congress with broad bipartisan support. On Dec. 3, the bill passed the House of Representatives, 404 to 17. On Dec. 16 the bill passed the Senate as part of a bigger tax package. The aim of the ABLE Act is to remove bureaucratic obstacles to help Americans save their own money to help pay for long-term care. There is $2.5M in the spending bill allocated for support of Holocaust survivors. Continue reading here.
ABLE Act: How One Bill Offers Hope on Congress's Biggest Problem, December 17, 2014, CSMonitor, by Gail Russell Chaddock
12 / 19 / 2014
The Kresge Foundation has made a significant grant to the National Assembly to continue on their path to reframing human services. The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA), the association of leading national nonprofit human service networks and organizations, launched a discussion in 2011 on why human services struggle for adequate funding and are little discussed or understood in the public square. The discussion led to the notion of "reframing human services," applying what has been learned in the social sciences about presenting the concepts and messages of an endeavor in ways that reflect reality and that resonate with the public (in an apolitical way). Read more here.
12 / 12 / 2014
The House of Representatives on December 3rd passed legislation to create tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities. AJFCA has advocated for passage of the ABLE Act for the past six years and is hopeful that The Senate, where the legislation has 70 co-sponsors, will soon pass this important legislation.Passed by a vote of 404-17, the bill known as the ABLE Act is intended to help Americans with disabilities pay for the associated expenses, including medical costs and finding employment.