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MiABLE funds can help with health, independence and quality of life expenses


Individuals who have a Michigan Achieving a Better Life Experience investment savings account can use those funds to help with health, independence and quality-of-life expenses, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Known as MiABLE for short, the funds saved in 529(A) accounts can be used to off-set the costs associated with a disability. This may include paying for expenses related to education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology, personal support services, health care expenses, financial management and administrative services or other eligible expenses.

“The dollars saved in a MiABLE account can be used in many different ways,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “For those disabled individuals who need the most flexibility, this is important because they can use their savings or earnings to pay medical bills, school bills, transportation costs or other disability-related expenses.”

Unlike traditional savings account, MiABLE savings are not considered when applying for other state or federal benefits, like Social Security Disability Income, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Funds from a MiABLE account are not taxed if used for qualified disability-related expenses.

According to the U.S. Census, more than 992,000 people under 65 years old – around 10 percent of Michigan’s population – have a disability.

For additional details or to register an account, visit www.miable.org or call 844-656-7225.

To raise awareness about MiABLE and encourage additional savings, this month has been proclaimed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as #AbleTo Save Month in Michigan.

 

Secretary of State offices to close Sept. 2 for Labor Day


Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson reminds residents that all Secretary of State offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Secretary of State offices that normally offer Saturday hours also will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31.

Most license plate types can be ordered or renewed online at ExpressSOS.com. Driver’s license permits and registrations for vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles or boats may be printed, allowing motorists to drive legally until they get their renewed driver’s license or plate and tab in the mail. Additionally, customers may order a duplicate registration or title, change their address and register to be an organ donor on the website.

The Department of State mails notices to motorists 45 days before their driver’s license or license plates expire to give them ample time to renew. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty.

License plate tabs also can be renewed at self-service kiosks, many of which are available around the clock. Visit the Branch Office Locator at Michigan.gov/SOS to find a local Secretary of State kiosk.

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