The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives introduced the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 651 and H.R. 1814) in early 2019. The bills amend the Internal Revenue Code with respect to qualified ABLE programs to increase the age threshold for eligibility from onset before the age 26 (current law) to onset before the age 46. Currently, only those under the age of 26 are eligible for tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts.
NAST and its members support this change. To assist State Treasurers, program administrators, and other stakeholders in advocating for this change, NAST has created a “toolkit” for outreach to elected officials and the media.
For yet more information, look at NAST’s ABLE webpage.
Contact your Senators and Representatives
As the State Treasurer, program administrators, or other advocates, NAST encourages you to contact your entire Congressional delegation asking them to support the bill. (Please thank your member if they are already supporting it.)
Here is a sample letter to use as you draft your letter, then follow up with an email, and a telephone call. Please send a copy to NAST so we can also follow up.
Once done, your office may want to send a press release stating your support for the bill’s passage. Here is a sample of a release you may wish to review when drafting your own.
NAST encourages you to submit an op-ed to your largest state’s newspaper. Here are some tips on how to write one for print or online submission. Send us a link once published and we’ll post it here.
Here is an example of an op-ed by Treasurer Frerichs (IL) from March 29, 2019.
For additional assistance, please contact Chris Hunter, Deputy Executive Director at email@example.com