WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) wants to improve care for disabled persons by expanding tax-preferred savings accounts.  Sen. Toomey has joined Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in supporting the bipartisan Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, a bill which makes it easier for families to save for their loved ones' future care. 

"The ABLE Act is a smart, commonsense way of ensuring that families and people with disabilities have a way to set aside funds to maintain health, independence, and quality of life for their loved ones," said Sen. Toomey. "This is a simple but significant step to support the dignity of persons living with disabilities. I am pleased to team with Sen. Casey in this bipartisan effort and applaud him for his leadership on the issue."

The ABLE Act would establish tax-preferred accounts to help disabled persons and their families set up funds to pay for qualified disability expenses. These include education, housing, medical, and transportation needs. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary's employment, and other sources.

Representatives from Pennsylvania's disabilities advocacy community thanked Sen. Toomey for cosponsoring the ABLE Act:

"The Center for Autism, the nation's oldest autism treatment facility, headquartered in Philadelphia, commends lawmakers for their support of the Achieve a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act which will help families deal with the ever-increasing financial issues faced by individuals on the autism spectrum." - CEO David M. Maola, Esq, The Center for Autism, Philadelphia

"KenCrest Centers would like to thank our Pennsylvania Senators for their support of the ABLE Act. We are particularly grateful for the cooperation of Senator Patrick Toomey in adding his valuable support. Passage of this act will mean a greater degree of independence for people with disabilities throughout our nation. It is gratifying to know that Pennsylvania played a primary and unified role in moving the bill toward successful implementation.

"KenCrest provides community support for 8,000 people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Connecticut and, through its affiliation with Lutheran Services in America, advocates for people with disabilities throughout the nation." - William J. Nolan, Executive Director, KenCrest