Here’s the information to send a letter of support for SB 218
California Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act Board for People with Disabilities
Request for Letters of Support for SB 218
Good morning everyone,
Senator Bill Dodd has introduced Senate Bill 218, which will prohibit Medi-Cal recovery of CalABLE accounts. The text of this bill can be found here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB218). A Bill Fact Sheet is also attached for your reference.
We are requesting letters of support for SB 218 to members of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. It is important that committee members hear from supporters before a scheduled hearing on March 29.
A sample support letter is attached to this email; letters may be mailed or emailed. If emailing your letter, please address your email to the following individuals:
Leslie Spahnn, Legislative Director – email@example.com
Senate Governance and Finance Committee members:
Please help share this request with your constituents and other prospective CalABLE participants. Thank you for your support!
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAMPLE LETTER OF SUPPORT
Senator Bill Dodd
California State Senate
State Capitol, Room 5063
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: SB 218 (Dodd) – The Qualified ABLE Program: Tax-Advantaged Savings Accounts
Dear Senator Dodd:
[Name of Your Organization is/I am] writing in support of SB 218, a measure that will prohibit the state from filing a claim against a beneficiary’s CalABLE account for the payment of medical assistance paid under Medi-Cal. The excitement for new possibilities for people with disabilities that has come with the rollout of ABLE plans across the country has unfortunately been tempered by the Medicaid payback provision that currently exists in the federal ABLE legislation and Section 1396p of Title 42 of the United States Code. Limiting Medi-Cal recovery of CalABLE accounts would alleviate significant concerns held by individuals eager to participate in the CalABLE Program.
[Optional: Include specific information about why you/your organization is interested in/impacted by this issue.]
ABLE accounts stand to be a game-changer in helping provide financial security for people with disabilities, with the potential to break the cycle of poverty that often results from the inability to save money as a result of receiving public benefits. Unfortunately, account enrollment across the country has been slow due to fears around Medicaid recovery. Like other states, the success of California’s ABLE program will rely on a high level of enrollment. SB 218 would allay these concerns and encourage program enrollment, as well as increase contribution levels.
Thank you for your commitment to empowering people with disabilities to finally save for the future they deserve. [Name of Your Organization is/I am] a proud supporter of SB 218.
Your Name and Title
cc: Leslie S. Spahnn, Legislative Director
Senate Governance and Finance Committee
We are working hard at CDAC to ensure the gains made in recent years are not eroded. This piece of legislation (and hopefully another one related to a tax deduction for deposits– fingers crossed) will help make California’s ABLE program even better! Please know none of this would exist without collaborative efforts between friends at CalABLE and the National Down Syndrome Society. CDAC warms extends gratitude to both entities.
|Senate Bill||No. 218|
|Introduced by Senator Dodd|
|February 01, 2017|
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
Vote: MAJORITY Appropriation: NO Fiscal Committee: YES Local Program: NO
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 4885 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
(a) Notwithstanding any other state law, all amounts in the designated beneficiary’s ABLE account, upon the death of the designated beneficiary, may be transferred to an ABLE account for another eligible individual specified by either the designated beneficiary or the estate of the designated beneficiary.