Latest Issues

ABLE United

Since its launch in July 2016, ABLE United has paved a new path for Floridians with disabilities to save money without the fear of losing or reducing their vital government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. However, one obstacle remained that caused many individuals not to open an account…

Federal law allows that when a beneficiary passes away, and after all outstanding Qualified Disability Expenses are paid, a state may file a claim for Medicaid expenditures on their ABLE account.

Fortunately, thanks to the signing of HB 6047 on Friday June 7, 2019, Floridians covered by Medicaid no longer need to worry that a Medicaid claim will be filed on their ABLE United accounts.

Florida joined California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon and other states in passing legislation to clarify that all outstanding funds in an ABLE United account, after Qualified Disability Expenses are paid, should go to the beneficiary’s estate.

The Arc of Florida is thankful for the efforts of ABLE United in working towards this goal. We join ABLE United in expressing our sincere gratitude to Governor DeSantis for passing and signing into law this important legislation, which provides increased peace of mind to ABLE United account holders receiving Medicaid and their families.

If Medicaid recovery was holding you or the families you serve back from opening an ABLE United account, now might be the time to reconsider.

Learn more about ABLE United and open an account at www.ableunited.com.

The Department of Labor is Getting A New Look!

Wage and Hour Division

The U.S. Department of Labor is excited to announce that this Friday, June 14, 2019, WDOL.gov will be transitioning to https://beta.SAM.gov, which will become the new website for wage determination data.

Features of the new beta.SAM.gov website include:

Search-based structure: Users may search for a variety of information including specific Davis-Bacon Act and McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act wage determinations.

Learning Center with tutorial videos, tools, and other information to familiarize users with the new site.
-Ability to filter and search for content in the Learning Center. Users will find links to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Code of Federal              -Regulations citations for specific subjects via a Cross Index page for Contract Labor Standards.                                                                                                      -The site features more FAR Supplements and other acquisition regulations than WDOL.gov.
-A Transition Quick Start Guide will be available soon.

Create an account: By creating a beta.SAM.gov account, users may access certain features of the system only available to account holders. For example, users will have the option to:
-Save previous searches.
-Start or modify a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
-“Follow” specific wage determinations and receive email alerts when changes or modifications are published.
-Users will determine what to follow and the frequency of email alerts.
-Timeline and history of changes to wage determinations.

Support for the wage determinations in beta.SAM.gov will continue to be provided by the Federal Service Desk.

Employers can find compliance assistance resources from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division at www.dol.gov/WHD/foremployers.htm. Additional compliance assistance resources and answers to common questions regarding federal labor laws can be found at www.Employer.gov.

Employment: DOL Seeks Comments on Subminimum Wage

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has created a national online dialogue on the use of subminimum wages under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. DOL is specifically seeking comments from people with disabilities, their families, providers, disability organizations, employers, researchers, and other stakeholders. The Arc supports building infrastructure and supports to increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment. Comments can be submitted here by June 14.