Health Benefits Extended To Children Of Federal Employees In Domestic Partnerships

LGBT government employees who are raising families got some good news to kick off their weekend: the Obama Administration and the Office of Personnel Management have proposed a change to federal employee benefits that would extend health-care coverage to the children of  same-sex partners.

The change, an amendment to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program that would allow government workers to add children up to age 26 to their insurance, was the result of a year of advocacy work by the Family Equality Council.

“Most of the two million children raised by LGBT parents live in states where their parents cannot marry, cannot secure legal ties to their own kids and cannot get their children covered under a health insurance plan,” said Emily Hecht-McGowan, Family Equality Council Public Policy Director. “This rule change means that federal workers can now be assured that a high fever, broken arm or debilitating illness won’t jeopardize their child’s health or their family’s finances.”