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Nevada Extends Benefits to State Employees in Registered Domestic Partnerships

This post comes from Steven Amend, a member of HRC's Board of Governors and of the Las Vegas Steering Committee:

After more than five years of advocacy, the Nevada Public Employee Benefits board last Thursday unanimously approved the extension of the same benefits to those in Nevada domestic partnerships as are provided to married spouses. This means that starting in the 2013 fiscal year, anyone whom is currently employed by the State of Nevada, in a Nevada domestic partnership and registered with the Nevada Secretary of State's office, will have the same health benefits available to their partners, including medical, dental and vision benefits.  

The State will now join Nevada's largest county (Clark), along with the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas in providing domestic partner health coverage to its employees. "It's great that now more than 85 percent of all LGBT workers in the public sector have health care coverage available to their domestic partners," said Josh Miller, a member of HRC's Board of Directors from Las Vegas.

In 2009, the Nevada Legislature passed the Nevada Domestic Partnership Act. The law grants domestic partners all the benefits, rights, obligations and/or responsibilities of marriage, however, it specifically did not require employers, both public and private, to extend health coverage to domestic partners. The State of Nevada will now join some of Nevada's largest employers, including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts in providing health coverage to LGBT employees' partners.  

Congratulations to the State of Nevada.

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