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Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general opposing proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The proposed changes would take basic food assistance away from more than 3 million people, disqualify hundreds of thousands of children from free school meals, and punish working families with modest savings. Raoul and the coalition filed a comment letter against a proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule that would end states ability to set rules for SNAP eligibility based on the unique needs of their communities. The letter argues that the proposed rule would violate federal law and harm the states, their residents, their local economies, and public health. The SNAP program is the country’s most important anti-hunger program and a crucial component of federal and state efforts to help lift people out of poverty, Raoul said. This proposed rule would negatively affect the states ability to support vulnerable populations and provide vital services to residents in need.
Federal Refusal-of-Care Rule Would Allow Businesses and Individuals to Refuse to Provide Health Care Based on Their Own Religious, Moral, Ethical Beliefs. Chicago Attorney General Kwame Raoul, as part of a coalition of 26 public jurisdictions and health care providers, filed a motion to prevent the implementation of a federal rule that would enable health care providers to arbitrarily deny patient care. In a motion for summary judgment filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Raoul and the coalition seek to block the federal refusal-of-care rule. The rule seeks to expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide vital health care services on the basis of a business or an employees religious beliefs or moral convictions. This rule allows providers to discriminate against marginalized populations that deserve access to quality health care, and nothing should stand in the way of someone right to receive the medical care they need, Raoul said. I am committed to fighting discrimination wherever it occurs and protecting the right of all individuals to exercise autonomy over their health care.
Raoul Leads 50 AGs in Largest Data Breach Settlement in History That Includes up to $425 Million in Consumer Restitution
Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced a $600 million settlement with Equifax that resolves a nationwide investigation into consumer reporting agency Equifax. Raoul’s office led a coalition of 50 attorneys general investigating Equifax’s 2017 data breach, and the settlement represents the largest data breach settlement in history. Raoul’s office opened the multistate investigation in September 2017 following the massive data breach. The investigation found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of 56 percent of American adults and making it the largest-ever breach of consumer data. Raoul’s settlement with Equifax includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million, a $175 million payment to the states that includes more than $7.3 million for Illinois, and injunctive relief that also includes a significant financial commitment “The Equifax data breach compromised the personal information of millions of Illinoisans,” Raoul said. “This historic settlement should send the message that companies – particularly those tasked with protecting personal information – will be held accountable for not doing enough to keep consumers’ sensitive, personal information secured.”