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Date:7/9/2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Legalized marriage for same-sex couples continues to be a headline issue in states like New York, California and New Hampshire. However, in most states, domestic partnerships have little or no legal recognition. Domestic partners in all states need to get smart about their health care insurance to make sure they are properly covered. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) provides these tips to help same-sex couples recognize their options.

  1. Employer-provided benefits are on the rise. Thirty-four percent of large employers offer benefits to domestic partners, a 180 percent jump from just 12 percent in 2000(1). Before enrolling, check directly with your health insurer or human resources department to ensure your partner will be covered, and how your employer's plan verifies eligibility for your partner (usually through formal documentation or evidence of joint bank accounts or property ownership or lease).
  2. Add your partner to an individual policy. If you have an individual policy, check with your insurer to add a domestic partner to it as a family member. State requirements on this may vary.
  3. Establish coverage for children. If you and your domestic partner have dependent children, they could be eligible for health care coverage as dependents. You may need to provide your employer or insurance company with legal documentation as proof of their dependency. In states that do not recognize both of you as parents, you may need to obtain additional documentation from a local court. Ask your legal advisor for details.
  4. Learn tax implications. Typically, health benefits provided to domestic partners through employers aren't exempt from federal tax liability, and state tax exemptions vary. The benefits could be recognized as income, and pre
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