ACA extends health benefits to children of same-sex federal employees

Posted July, 24 2012 by arianne

The federal government has published a proposed rule that would extend one popular provision of the Affordable Care Act – to allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 – to children of same-sex federal workers.

Up until now, same-sex partners have not been eligible for benefits under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).  However, by tweaking some of the language in the definition of “step-child,” the Office of Personnel Management was able to extend this important benefit to children of same-sex partners – including the federal vision and dental programs.

Pretty cool, eh?

Click here to read the proposed rule (it’s short, only 5 pages) from the Office of Personnel Management.  Comments are due by September 18.