|AB2205 & AB205
Oct 24, 2005
My employer's renewal for medical benefits was on 1/1/05, however, they did not inlude domestic partners because they stated they did not have to until 1/1/06. Is this correct ? I thought AB2205 went into effect 1/1/05, so why is my employer refusing domestic partnership benefits until 1/1/06 ?
| Response from Ms. Franzoi
Although the law requires insurers to offer domestic partner coverage to employers and associations (policyholders)who purchase coverage, policyholders aren't required to purchase the coverage. If an employer purchases the coverage, the plan must provide the same health benefits to registered same-sex partners to the same extent and under the same conditions as such benefits are extended to other dependents. Such health benefits are exempt from state tax but not federal tax.
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