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New Law Designed to Help People With Disabilities

Rita Rubin, MA
JAMA. 2015;313(6):558. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.183.
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After passing the Senate and the House with broad majorities, legislation to help people with disabilities pay for health care and other needs was signed into law December 19 by President Obama.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act is the first sweeping legislation for people with disabilities since the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed in 1990. The new law allows families who have a child with a disability to save for their long-term care through savings accounts modeled after tax-free 529 college savings accounts.

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