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What’s New for ABLE Accounts? Major changes for savings accounts for people with disabilities

Information courtesy of the Office of the Indiana Treasurer of State, the Social Security Administration

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. You can open the account for yourself, or an authorized individual can open one on your behalf, if you were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, and are either receiving or currently eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.

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Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) Renewed Through 2020

Information courtesy of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) through at the year 2020. While the core elements of HIP will stay the same, Indiana will be offering several enhancements to the program to help streamline services and address the state’s most pressing health needs.

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Fifth Freedom Wishes a Happy Retirement to Assistant Director Betty Beck

Fifth Freedom would like to bid a fond farewell to our longtime Assistant Director, Betty Beck. Her dedication and warm, sociable nature made her a valuable advocate and much loved figure in Indiana’s disability community. After more than fifteen years with Fifth Freedom, she is enjoying a well deserved retirement.

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Justice Department Scraps Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines

Information courtesy of DisabilityScoop, the US Department of Justice

Back in December, President Trump issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to identify regulations for “repeal, replacement, or modification”. In response to the order, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he is rescinding twenty-five guidance documents, including several related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Fifth Freedom Welcomes New Office Manager Josh Zeimet

Fifth Freedom is proud to be starting the new year with a new office manager, Josh Zeimet! Josh has been with us for a while, first as an independent contractor helping us with accessibility assessments, and later working in the office as an Executive Assistant. His hard work and dedication to disability issues have earned him this well-deserved promotion.

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