Registered domestic partners
[significant others, common law marriage, boyfriend, girlfriend] and married spouses must now be treated the same under the California Insurance Equality Act. (AB 2208 1/2005, Insurance Code §10121.7. (a) & §381.5)
The U.S. Court has ruled against Proposition 8 which means that non-heterosexual couples may now marry in this state. This means that virtually all the same laws that apply to opposite gender marriages apply to same gender marriages.
The Internal Revenue Service has stated that it will deal with couples whose marriage was valid where celebrated but not in the state they move to as they would be treated in the state of marriage. For those who live in states where their marriage is legal, income tax laws require the filing of a married federal tax return. Learn More on Phil Hoskins Esq website
Federal Law does not follow this ruling. Scroll down for more info.
Some Insurance Companies allow Heterosexuals, to be covered, if the Employer wants to provide for that option. See question 7 g on the sample Employer Group Health Insurance Application – it may also be a law… Here’s a sample certification form for domestic partnership arrangements.
Tax Information for Registered Domestic Partners nclrights.org
National Center for Lesbian Rights lambda legal
Friendly Competitors Blog InsureMeKevin.com – on June 2015 Supreme Court Decisions
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Insurance Code §381.5. (a) Every policy …shall provide coverage for the Domestic Partner Registry of an insured or policyholder that is equal to, and subject to the same terms and conditions as, the coverage provided to a spouse of an insured or policyholder. …This subdivision applies to all forms of insurance regulated by this code.
Family Law Code §297-297.5(5) Either of the following: (A) Both persons are members of the same sex. (B) … persons of opposite sexes may not constitute a domestic partnership unless one or both of the persons are over the age of 62.
Family Law Code- DOMESTIC PARTNER REGISTRATION:
DEFINITIONS §297-297.5 REGISTRATION §298-298.5 TERMINATION §299-299.3 LEGAL EFFECT PREEMPTION §299.6
*Spouse includes domestic partner (when applicable). Domestic partner enrollment requires submission of a copy of a valid Declaration of Domestic Partnership filed with and stamped by the California Secretary of State. (Blue Cross Individual Application:)
10121.7. (a) A policy of group health insurance that provides hospital, medical, or surgical expense benefits shall provide equal coverage to employers or guaranteed associations, as defined in Section 10700, [Small Group Employer AB 1672] for the registered domestic partner [Registry] of an employee, insured, or policyholder to the same extent, and subject to the same terms and conditions, as provided to a spouse of the employee, insured, or policyholder, and shall inform employers and guaranteed associations of this coverage. A policy shall not offer or provide coverage for a registered domestic partner that is not equal to the coverage provided to the spouse of an employee, insured, or policyholder, and shall not discriminate in coverage between spouses or domestic partners of a different sex and spouses or domestic partners of the same sex. The prohibitions and requirements imposed by this section are in addition to any other prohibitions and requirements imposed by law.
(b) If an employer or guaranteed association has purchased coverage for spouses and registered domestic partners pursuant to subdivision (a), a health insurer that provides hospital, medical, or surgical expense benefits for employees, insureds, or policyholders and their spouses shall enroll, upon application by the employer or group administrator, a registered domestic partner of the employee, insured, or policyholder in accordance with the terms and conditions of the group contract that apply generally to all spouses under the policy, including coordination of benefits.
(c) For purposes of this section, the term “domestic partner” shall have the same meaning as that term is used in Section 297 of the Family Code.
(d) (1) A policy of group health insurance may require that the employee, insured, or policyholder verify the status of the domestic partnership by providing to the insurer a copy of a valid Declaration of Domestic Partnership filed with the Secretary of State pursuant to Section 298 of the Family Code or an equivalent document issued by a local agency of this state, another state, or a local agency of another state under which the partnership was created. The policy may also require that the employee, insured, or policyholder notify the insurer upon the termination of the domestic partnership.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a policy may require the information described in that paragraph only if it also requests from the employee, insured, or policyholder whose spouse is provided coverage, verification of marital status and notification of dissolution of the marriage.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to expand the requirements of Section 4980B of Title 26 of the United States Code, Section 1161, and following, of Title 29 of the United States Code, or Section 300bb-1, and following, of Title 42 of the United States Code, as added by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-272), and as those provisions may be later amended. [Continuation Coverage] (f) A group health insurance policy subject to this section that is issued, amended, delivered, or renewed in this state on or after January 2, 2005, shall be deemed to provide coverage for registered domestic partners that is equal to the coverage provided to a spouse of an employee, insured, or policyholder.
The Defense of Marriage Act
(P.L. 104-199), enacted 09/21/1996, requires that, in determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, any ruling, regulation, or any administrative interpretation, the word “marriage” shall mean only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. Under this law, the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. Thus, for SEP [Medicare Special Enrollment] purposes, SSA cannot recognize the following individuals as a spouse under any circumstance:
- Domestic (or life) partner, age 65 or older and covered under a GHP, [Group Health Plan] and
- Domestic (or life) partner under age 65 entitled to Medicare based on disability and covered under a GHP.
For equitable relief policy for domestic (life) partners, see HI 00805.322.
We consider an individual to be a spouse for SEP purposes if he or she is a:
- spouse for Title II purposes (see RS 00202.001); or
- divorced spouse.
If a former spouse’s GHP or LGHP covers a divorced spouse, we consider the divorced spouse to be a “spouse” for purposes of these provisions even though he or she may not meet the title II definition. ssa.gov/