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Local lawmaker touts bill advocated for by Danbury family

Recent House passage of the ABLE Act is being praised by a local lawmaker.  5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says the bill helps individuals with disabilities and their families.  She cosponsored the bill after hearing from the Hickey family in Danbury.

 

Esty says families of children with disabilities face enormous costs for basic transportation, housing, health care and education.  She says right now, they are unfairly discouraged from working and saving for those needs.

Esty says passage of the ABLE Act will allow the Hickey's 13 year old son and others like him to earn and save money for himself.  She says current law would penalize him for working and saving money because he could lose public assistance such as housing and Medicaid.  Esty says its expected to pass the Senate and become law.

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