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Budget Plan Would Allow Federal Employees To Add Same-Sex Partners To Their Health Plans

The Obama blueprint would create beginning in 2015  a "self plus one" category within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.  

The Hill: Obama Budget Would Open Government Health Plans To Same-Sex Couples
Federal employees would be able to add same-sex couples to their healthcare plans under a provision in President Obama's budget proposal. The budget, released Wednesday, would create a new category of plans within the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) — the marketplace where federal employees choose their healthcare policies (Baker, 4/10).

CNN: Obama Budget Adds Domestic Same-Sex Partners To [FEHB]
Buried deep inside President Obama's 2014 budget released on Wednesday is a new proposal to expand federal health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Framed as a measure to reduce the deficit, the proposal would amend the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program beginning in 2015 to add a "self plus one" enrollment option in addition to the "self" and "family" options (Aigner-Treworgy, 4/10).

In other news related to federal employees' health coverage -

Kaiser Health News: Insurers Battle Over Federal Employees' Health Coverage
The Obama administration, in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal released Wednesday, said it favors allowing more plans to compete to cover federal employees. The Blues are fighting the change, saying there is already sufficient competition with 230 plans participating in the program (Galewitz, 4/10).

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