Capitol Insider

Week of April 21st

Announcements

Health Care – Over 8 Million Americans Enrolled in Private Health Insurance
Through the Marketplaces

The Obama Administration estimates that over 8 million Americans have enrolled in private
health insurance through the marketplaces, surpassing the target goal of 7 million.
Information is not yet available on whether or not these individuals were previously
uninsured or whether they had paid their first premiums.  The Arc recently joined other
advocacy organizations in requesting that HHS make available other demographic
information, such as disability status, when releasing future enrollment information.

Deadline for Marchand fall 2014 internship application extended – New deadline
is May 1

For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized
leader working on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)
and the entire disability community.  Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial
contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom
Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul
and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates.  The Paul Marchand Internship
Fund will provide $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns pursuing
careers in public policy advocacy for people with I/DD.  See Application information and
Internship FAQs for more information.

Civil Rights – Department of Justice Issues Final Rule Adjusting Inflation for Civil
Monetary Penalties Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act 

Last month, the Department of Justice issued a Final Rule that adjusts inflation for the civil
monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Civil Rights Division, including civil
penalties available under title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   For the ADA,
this adjustment increases the maximum civil penalty for a first violation under title III from
$55,000 to $75,000; for a subsequent violation the new maximum is $150,000.  The new
maximums only apply to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014.

This Final Rule is a non-discretionary agency action made pursuant to Section 4 of the
Federal Civil Penalties Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended (Adjustment Act), which
mandates the Attorney General to adjust for inflation the civil penalties assessed or
enforced by the Department of Justice.  The amounts of the adjustment were determined
according to a specific mathematical formula set forth in Section 5 of the Adjustment Act.
The previous adjustment under the ADA occurred in 1999.

Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
 
Tony@www.thearcofil.org