OPM extends health coverage to gay federal employees’ children

Federal employees to get health benefits for children of gay partnerBY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

Gay federal employees will be able to cover the children of their same-sex partners under the federal health insurance plan once a proposed rule published Friday by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is enacted.

Under the proposed regulation, children will be eligible for coverage if a parent is in a domestic same-sex relationship with a federal employee who receives coverage through federal programs. These children would be eligible for coverage—both under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Dental & Vision Program—regardless of whether or not they’ve been legally adopted by the federal employee.

The same rule also brings federal health program rules into compliance with the Affordable Care Act, which stipulates insurers providing dependent coverage extend that coverage to the children of individuals they insure until the age of 26.

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