Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Washington's ABLE program delayed

Sharing information from the Department of Commerce Disability Workgroup:

This is to let you know that due to unforeseen circumstances, Washington’s ABLE program will not be available until sometime in 2018. Once it launches, it can be found at www.washingtonstateable.com. The toll free call center phone number will activate when we launch.

If you are interested in signing up for an account immediately, we recommend you go through Oregon’s ABLE for ALL program www.ableforall.com.  This is the non-resident ABLE site we are using. The ABLE for All website has frequently asked questions plus a list of the required information needed to open an account via the online or paper route. The investment options and enrollment processes at ABLE for ALL are identical to the WA ABLE program for in-state residents. The toll-free number is available to help with the site or answer ABLE questions - 1-844-394-ABLE from 9 am-8 pm ET or 1-844-888-ABLE (TTY) from 9 am-8 pm ET.

Once WA ABLE opens, beneficiaries can transfer their ABLE for All accounts to the WA ABLE for free. We will be waiving the first year’s $35 account maintenance fee for WA ABLE enrollees.

We know this news is incredibly disappointing for many of you … we are disappointed as well, and ask for your patience and continued support.

Chris Gagnon
Department of Commerce Disability Workgroup
1011 Plum Street SE
PO Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525
WA State Department of Commerce, Disability Workgroup
WA State ABLE Savings Plan
WA State Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund