Benefits Approved for State Workers' Same-Sex Partners

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A proposal to allow same-sex partners or other adults living with some state employees to be covered by state-paid health insurance has been approved by the Michigan Civil Service Commission.
On Wednesday the commission approved the measure despite objections from Gov. Rick Snyder's administration, which is worried about the potential cost of the proposal.
The state had agreed in 2004 to begin covering same-sex benefits, but implementation has been delayed because of legal issues.
Earlier estimates suggested the extended benefits could cost the state about $6 million in 2011. Some say the cost could be higher.
The benefits would be available starting in October for state workers represented by United Workers Local 6000, SEIU workers and about 15,000 non-unionized workers.

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  • by Tony Location: Jackson on Jan 28, 2011 at 12:50 AM
    So the way I figure it, it sounds like the only way to get ahead in today's world is to (A) be gay, (B) be unemployed, or (C) be a single mom with about 6 kids living on welfare. If you fall into one of these 3 catagories, you will be subsidized by all of the "normal" working familes.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    If you read the proposal well enough, it is any domestic partner if you can show cohabitation for a year. i.e. that renter that you are renting a room can be eligible. So is the live in girlfriend or your housekeeper.
  • by Carol Location: Jackson, Michigan on Jan 27, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    How can you, Michigan Civil Service Commission members, possibly think it is ok to take my tax dollars and give shacking-up partners of state employees insurance benefits?? I pay for my own insurace and certainly these people should too. Have you no conscience?? .... no common sense??
  • by Lori Location: Jackson on Jan 26, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    What! I don't get a raise for 2 years and forced to give 3% to a health care fund because the state budget is in the hole and now you want to give benefits to gay lovers. How can we justify new expenses when you are already trying to balance the budget on the State Employees backs. We have been working more for less for years, what's next. I might understand giving death benefits to gay lovers but health care benefits? I didn't get health care benefits from my future husband while I lived with him for 3 years before we got married. We even had to fight for years to be able to have health care for our children until they finished college, and they lived with us for 19 years. Let's figure a way to cut spending to bring the budget in balance before we spend more money.
  • by Liza on Jan 26, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Why would a state that doesn't allow same sex marriages or common law partners the same status as married, agree to pay for the health care of these same not married people? While I think it is a good idea to give them health care, I think that the partner needs to pay their own share. They are not state workers, legally not a member of the household of the worker, and the state can not afford this. Whats next raise our taxes to pay for this?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM
    So now it doesn't matter if your married or not. You live with a state worker and the state pays for your insurance. Sorry, but this is wrong, I am not against the coverage, but against OUR PAYING FOR IT!!!
  • by common law marriage Location: e lansing on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Well then there should be insurance coverage for adults living together in common law marriages that are not the same sex too.
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