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.