Ohio State changes employee health care plans to reflect same-sex marriage legalization

Ohio State University has changed its health care offerings for same-sex couples because of the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Ohio State began offering health care coverage for same-sex domestic partners in 2004 since marriage was not an option for them, according to OSU.

Ohio State’s board of trustees voted on Friday to amend that benefits provision since same-sex marriage is now legal across the United States.

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“The university has never offered benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners, and the change allows the university to be consistent in its benefits eligibility for both opposite-sex and same-sex domestic partners,” OSU officials said in a press release.

Ohio State employees with same-sex domestic partners and their dependents who are already enrolled in benefit plans will be able to keep their benefits through 2018.

After that, all unmarried partners and their dependents will no longer be eligible for benefits, according to Ohio State.

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