ABLE Act changes savings limits for SSI benefits : The Indicator from Planet Money When Chip Gerhardt's daughter Anne ran into some issues with Social Security disability benefits, his job as a lobbyist became very personal.

Revisiting the ABLE Act

Revisiting the ABLE Act

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The logo of the US Social Security Administration is seen outside a Social Security building, November 5, 2020, in Burbank, California.
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For years, Chip Gerhardt's job as a lobbyist was strictly business and rarely personal. That was until his daughter Anne encountered issues with Social Security disability benefits.

Anne Gerhardt has Down syndrome and qualifies for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But, if she were to save more than $2,000, she would stop receiving her SSI checks because that amount exceeds the "countable resource" limit.

So, her father decided to do what he does best. He lobbied in Congress and helped launch a bill to better help people with disabilities save for the future.

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