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Expanded COBRA Assistance Doesn’t Cover Domestic Partners

On December 19, stimulus-based COBRA assistance was expanded to cover employees involuntarily terminated through February 28, 2010 and extended the COBRA premium reduction period from nine to 15 months. This critical assistance helps the recently-unemployed and their families afford health insurance coverage under their previous employer’s group health insurance – but same-sex partners and spouses of employees aren't able to take advantage of this assistance because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.  It's inequities like these that make it clear we must continue to educate the public and members of Congress on DOMA as we work to repeal this unjust law. Read more about COBRA assistance and same-sex partners and spouses under ARRA.

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