Marriage Equality Rumblings Haven’t Shaken Benefits’ Core — Yet
Employee Benefit News
Todd Solomon said that a proposed Illinois law legalizing same-sex marriage should not affect employee benefit plans, which already must cover civil union partners. “So, if you’re an insured plan governed by Illinois state law and your insured plan covers spouses, your insured plan must cover civil union spouses,” Mr. Solomon explained. He added, however, that if the marriage bill passes, it would enhance the legal status of same-sex married couples in states like New York, which recognizes such marriages but not civil unions.