Same-sex health insurance for state workers' spouses
BATON ROUGE- The health insurance program for Louisiana state employees, retirees and some public school systems is taking applications for coverage for same-sex spouses and their dependents.
The Office of Group Benefits says those who were married before June 26 have until Aug. 11 to apply. Those married on or after June 26 have 30 days after the marriage to apply for coverage.
June 26 is the date that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a fundamental right for all Americans.
The Office of Group Benefits opened the enrollment period July 10. The Retired State Employees Association sent a notice about the enrollment period Tuesday.
Applications must be faxed or postmarked by Aug. 11. Coverage for newly enrolled dependents will begin on Aug. 1 for couples married before June 26.
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