Gay Couples Entitled To Equal Family Health Coverage, Fed Says

The family health insurance rule applies only to married couples and not to those who are in domestic partnerships or civil unions.i i

hide captionThe family health insurance rule applies only to married couples and not to those who are in domestic partnerships or civil unions.


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The family health insurance rule applies only to married couples and not to those who are in domestic partnerships or civil unions.

The family health insurance rule applies only to married couples and not to those who are in domestic partnerships or civil unions.

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What insurers offer to spouses in a traditional marriage, they must make available to same-sex couples, the federal government said Friday.

The change means that same-sex couples, who haven’t been able to buy family health policies, will be able to do so now.

“It’s a big deal,” says Katie Keith, director of research at the Trimpa Group, a consulting firm that works on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. “If you identify as married, it’s hard to stomach that you can’t get family coverage.”

The Department of Health and Human Services published the new insurance guidelines on its website.

Same-sex couples who were married in any of the 17 states and the

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/15/290259565/same-sex-couples-entitled-to-equal-family-health-insurance?ft=1&f=131849999

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