New health insurance rights for same-sex couples

New health insurance rights for same-sex couples

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A gay man holds the gay and lesbian flag with the US flag during a demonstration in West Hollywood, California, May 15, 2008, after the decision by the California Supreme Court to effectively greenlight same-sex marriage. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is spelling out new health insurance rights for same-sex couples.

Starting next year, health plans that offer spousal coverage to heterosexual couples cannot deny it to legally married same-sex couples.

The Health and Human Services Department announced the policy Friday in a blog post.

The department says insurance companies will not be allowed to discriminate against married same-sex couples.

The rule applies to plans offered in the new health insurance exchanges, as well as to many employer and individual plans offered outside that marketplace.

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