New Rights, New Rules: Same-Sex Marriage and Your Health Plan
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, finding that the U.S. Constitution prevents states from refusing to celebrate or recognize same-sex marriages. The decision simplified same-sex marriage law throughout the United States: all states and the federal government must conduct and recognize same-sex marriages as a valid marriage, with all rights and obligations attached. Cammack Health's Vice President of Compliance, Ed Doherty, Esq., answers some of the questions employers are asking:
- What did the Supreme Court actually say in Obergefell v. Hodges?
- What does this decision mean for spousal coverage under health & welfare plans?
- What impact does Obergefell have on domestic partnership policies?
- What, if anything, does a plan have to do to update according to the new policy landscape?