Q. I recently heard that same-sex domestic partners of employees are now eligible for the long-term care insurance. Is that true?
A. Same-sex partners of federal government employees are eligible. On June 1, the U.S. Office of Personnel(OPM) issued a final regulation in the Federal Register (75 Fed. Reg. 30267) that broadened the definition of who is considered a “qualified relative” under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
On July 1, same-sex domestic partners of federal employees became eligible for such coverage.
The same-sex partner must sign a “declaration of domestic partnership,” stating that he or she meets specific requirements of a domestic partnership, which includes living in the same residence and sharing responsibility for the other’s financial obligations.