Jan. 23, 2017

A new website has been launched for the state’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program. The website, www.paable.gov, provides quick and easy access to essential information on the upcoming program to give individuals with qualified disabilities a tax-free way to save for future expenses.

Modeled after Pennsylvania’s popular college 529 savings program, PA ABLE accounts allow eligible individuals and their families to save for housing, education, transportation, medical and other expenses without jeopardizing their government benefits. The federal tax-free savings and investment options are offered to encourage individuals and their families to save private funds to support health, independence and quality of life.

In addition to explaining how the program works, the site also has a short quiz to help determine eligibility, a comprehensive Frequently Asked Question section and it allows users to sign up to receive updates on the program, including when accounts open for enrollment.

In addition to creating the website, the Pennsylvania Treasury staff has worked with the state’s disabled community to make them aware of the program and get their input on designing a plan that will best meet their needs. The department anticipates opening accounts for enrollment within the next few months.

The PA ABLE website will be updated regularly with news of account openings, investment options and account enrollment. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails about the program. The Treasury has also opened a PA ABLE Call Center at (855) 529-2253. Staff is available to answer questions, or to obtain more information, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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