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Long-Term Care Insurance Extended to Domestic Partners of Federal Employees

Yesterday, the Office of Personnel Management published a final rule in the Federal Register that permits the same-sex domestic partners of federal employees to utilize the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP).  Unlike many other benefits for federal employees such as health insurance and retirement plans, the cost of FLTCIP is borne entirely by the employee, and thus opening up this program to same-sex partners did not require a statutory change.  (HRC continues to work with our congressional leaders to pass the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, which would provide those important benefits.)  Long term care insurance helps cover the cost of lengthy hospitalization, nursing care or other extended care that is usually not covered by traditional health insurance. Last September, OPM identified this benefit as one that it could provide without further action by Congress, pursuant to the June 2009 memorandum from President Obama directing all agencies to find ways to equalize benefits for same-sex partners of their employees.  Extending this benefit was one of the recommendations identified in HRC’s Blueprint for Positive Change. If you’re a federal employee interested in applying for long term care insurance for your partner, there are further details and an application here.  Applications will be accepted starting 30 days from yesterday.

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