Insurance plans for same sex couples now offered to Publix employees

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The chain store has now started insuring spouses that are legally married, no matter their gender. In Florida, the county court clerks have now started to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples and the grocery and pharmacy chain, Publix, has responded by extending its insurance plans to cover any legal spouses of its employees. The company had intended to start to offer this health insurance coverage to same sex couples, regardless of state law. The issuing of the marriage licenses to same sex couples has become a legal duty…

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Health insurance for married same sex couples now offered by Blue Cross

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The largest insurer in Alabama is now required to comply with a federal rule to treat all married couples equally. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, the largest health insurance company in the state, is now offering spousal coverage to same sex couples that are legally married, so that the insurer will comply with a federal regulation that states that all married couples must be treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation. A spokesperson for the insurance company said that the same sex spousal coverage started being offered this year.…

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Same sex insurance stopping amendment vetoed by Starkville mayor

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Parker Wiseman has ensured that city employees would be able to purchase health plans for domestic partners. The mayor of Starkville, Mississippi, Parker Wiseman, has now vetoed on a board amendment that had withdrawn part of a same sex insurance policy that would have given city employees the ability to purchase health plans for domestic partners. The original insurance news had been that the city would no longer cover same sex domestic partners. Immediately after the decision of the board, which was a 4 to 2 vote, to revoke the…

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Same sex couple insurance rights get a shot in the arm from Obama

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The administration has now moved to broaden access to health plans by closing a controversial loophole. On Friday, the Obama administration made a move to improve same sex couple insurance access when it comes to health plans by beginning an effort to close an existing loophole that would risk leaving certain patients with HIV/AIDS without any coverage. The Health and Human Services Department made two different announcements on the subject. The first stated that insurers that are offering spousal coverage for those who are heterosexual must also provide same sex…

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Health insurance challenging for children of same sex couples

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The kids of families with parents of the same sex are not as likely to have private coverage as those of opposite-sex couples. According to the results of a recent data analysis, the children of families with same sex parents don’t have the same likelihood of having private health insurance as the children of parents of the opposite sex. The analysis looked into the penetration of coverage among children of various couple dynamics. The analysis was conducted by Gilbert Gonzales, MHA, and Lynn A. Blewett, PhD, from the State health…

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Court rules denial of benefits to same-sex couples to be discrimination

Same sex insurance coverage ruling The chief judge in a San Francisco court has deemed the denial of insurance benefits for a same-sex spouse to be a discriminatory act, and has ordered that the couple in the case be compensated for the costs they incurred for private insurance. The case involved the same-sex spouse of a federal court employee who had been denied insurance coverage. However, those payments may not be fast to arrive, as the courts will now consider the Defense of Marriage Act’s constitutionality, as this law from…

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