New Healthcare Benefits for Same Sex Marrieds Raise Issues for Business

The Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is law nationwide has raised questions about health insurance practices by big business, reports Modern Healthcare. Under the Affordable Care Act, providers are required to offer married gay and lesbian couples the same health plans as those offered to married heterosexual couples. Until Friday’s decision, companies have also offered domestic partnership benefits to same sex couples where they didn’t have the right to marry. Such coverage is offered by 77 percent of large companies, and by two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, according to The Human Rights Campaign. Now, the viability of domestic partner benefits, both legally and practically, is in question. Can businesses still offer such plans and claim to treat all employees equally? What are the administrative challenges in managing different plans? Stay tuned for innovative solutions as new healthcare benefit plans are sorted out in the workplace.

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