Do I now have to provide long-term care insurance to my employees’ same-sex domestic partners?

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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 Management (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.

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