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WHEREAS, according to the U.S. Census, approximately 56.7 million people in the United States, or 12 percent of Nevadans, have a disability; and

WHEREAS, many individuals with disabilities rely upon federal benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income to foster their independence, maintain their health, support their employment, participate in their communities and enhance their quality of life; and

WHEREAS, prior to the passage of the federal Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, millions of individuals with disabilities were unable to save more than $2,000 in assets without jeopardizing their eligibility for these critical federal benefits; and

WHEREAS, more than 20 states have established ABLE programs where individuals with disabilities can save money in a tax-exempt ABLE account that does not count towards the $2,000 asset cap; and

WHEREAS, the ABLE National Resource Center, a collaborative of more than 25 national disability organizations has developed a nationwide campaign, #AbleToSave, to educate individuals, communities, families, the financial sector and other stakeholders about the ABLE Act; and

WHEREAS, the goal of the #AbleToSave campaign is to enhance awareness of ABLE accounts as a financial savings tool; and

WHEREAS, Able to Save Month is an opportunity to encourage citizens to work together to enhance awareness of and education about ABLE accounts;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  August 2017 as

 Able to Save Month in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson