This law will truly be a life changer for kids like Jack and their families. ABLE accounts allow parents, grandparents and friends of children with special needs to save money for them without it affecting their eligibility for need-based programs like Social Security Disability and Medicaid.
This was such an amazing process to watch. This bill wouldn't have become law without the bipartisan efforts of many dedicated legislators, including the bill sponsor Sen. Fred Thomas - Stevensville, co-sponsors Sen. Mary Caferro - Helena, Sen. Cynthia Wolken - Missoula, and floor sponsor Rep. Greg Hertz - Polson. There were also some key people from the law firm of Crowley Fleck - Aimee Grmoljez and Mike Green - who offered their services pro bono to help write and lobby the bill. There were several others who came to each and every legislative hearing (four hearings in total!) to share their stories with legislators. Those stories helped so much, because it showed the incredible need for this law. Many thanks to the families who showed up to push for this bill!
Now that it's the law of the land, it will take a few months before people can take advantage of this new opportunity. We will continue to keep you in the loop and work to make sure the law does just what was intended.
Working on this has been the highlight of our year. Thanks again to all who helped and cheered us on! It meant the world to us.
-Jon, Jessi and Jackpants