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Treasurer Fitzpatrick Partners with the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB to Promote Inclusion and Equity for Employees with Disabilities

Monday, October 26, 2020
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                                Branson, MO – On Friday, Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced a new collaboration with the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB as part of an initiative promoting inclusion and equity for employees with disabilities. The Treasurer is encouraging Missouri businesses to make it easier for employees with disabilities to save by adding direct deposit opportunities for MO ABLE accounts.

 

                “I am excited to work with the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB to connect with employers in their region about the benefits of direct deposit for MO ABLE,” Treasurer Fitzpatrick said. “I am grateful for their partnership and know employers in the Branson area will step up to make a small change with a big impact.”

 

                “The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB is proud to partner with Treasurer Fitzpatrick to encourage businesses in our region to promote equity and inclusion for Missourians with disabilities,” Jonas Arjes, Interim President/CEO of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB, said. “Missourians with disabilities are an important part of our workforce and we support this initiative to provide tools to help them save for the future.”

 

                October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Treasurer Fitzpatrick is participating in a number of events across the state to raise awareness and increase access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities. On Thursday, the Treasurer announced that Missouri State University will offer payroll deductions for MO ABLE accounts to employees during open enrollment this year.

 

Earlier this month, the Treasurer announced partnerships with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Arc of the Ozarks, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, and the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce.

 

                The Treasurer also launched a new informational video to provide a simple overview of the MO ABLE program for Missourians with disabilities and their families. The video was produced in partnership with the UMKC Institute for Human Development and the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council.

 

                MO ABLE currently has 1,713 accounts and over $12 million in assets under management, making it one of the largest ABLE programs in the country.

 

            Launched in 2017, MO ABLE allows individuals with disabilities and their families to save up to $15,000 per year, tax-free, without losing federal benefits like Medicaid and SSI. For more information about the MO ABLE program and to take an eligibility quiz, visit moable.com.

 

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