Nov 072017

… more than 66 million Americans will see a 2.0 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2018. …

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Author:  Publication: Social Security blog  Date: 10-13-2017 

Nov 022016

The ABLE National Resource Center, managed by National Disability Institute (NDI), is excited to congratulate the State of Michigan on the launch of its “MiABLE” program. MiABLE is a national program, offering enrollment to qualified individuals with disabilities both in Michigan and throughout the country.

MiABLE 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.

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Webinar: ABLE Funds: Understanding the Investment Side of ABLE November 15, 2016. REGISTER 
Author: Publication:  Able National Resource Center Date: 11-02-2016 

Social Security Launches GeoMaps

 Posted by on October 12, 2016 at 10:20 AM  Benefits, Disability Blogs, Medical
Oct 122016

“Social Security provides financial benefits, tools, and information to help support you throughout life’s journey. We’re excited to announce the launch of geospatial mapping at Social Security! Our new initiative, GeoMaps, complements our Open Government and Open Data Initiatives…”

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Author:   Publication: Social Security Matters blog Date: 09-26-2016 

Aug 012016

Thursday, August 4, 2016 – 1:00 – 2:30 PM Central 

ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is holding this webinar to discuss Able Accounts in Ohio, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Florida. All these except for Florida allow people from other states to open an Able Account. Participants in this program will learn, among other things, enrollment process for each state, associated fees, investment opportunities.

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Publication: ABLE National Resource Center  Date: 08-01-2016

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Jul 112016

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Interim Secretary Tom Engels announced the Family Care and IRIS(Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) programs launched today, July 1, as scheduled in Rock County. The expansion of these programs to Rock County helps ensure more than 400 residents get the long-term care services and support they need, and will put an end to the waiting list for those services within three years.

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Publication: Department of Health Services Wisconsin News Release Date: 07-01-2016

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Jul 012016

In the 2016 Annual Report to Congress, the Social Security Board of Trustees: announced:

  • The asset reserves of the combined OASDI Trust Funds increased by $23 billion in 2015 to a total of $2.81 trillion.
  • The combined trust fund reserves are still growing and will continue to do so through 2019. Beginning in 2020, the total cost of the program is projected to exceed income.
  • The year when the combined trust fund reserves are projected to become depleted, if Congress does not act before then, is 2034 – the same as projected last year. At that time, there will be sufficient income coming in to pay 79 percent of scheduled benefits.

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Author: Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer  Publication: Social Security Press Release Date: 06-21-2016

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ABLE Accounts Make Debut

 Posted by on June 6, 2016 at 2:34 PM  Benefits
Jun 062016

This week, Ohio became the first state to offer accounts made possible through the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act with the launch of its program. ABLE accounts are available to individuals with disabilities nationwide through the state’s offering known as STABLE.

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Note from DV:: Our very own Timothy A Carey Is going to try and sign up for an ABLE account and then report back on the process.

Author: Michelle Diament  Publication: Disability Scoop  Date: 06-02-2016