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Qualified Domestic Partner PEBB Enrollment

Effective January 2001, the PEBB extended medical, dental, and life insurance coverage to same-sex domestic partners. Effective January 2010, the PEBB further extended coverage to include opposite sex partners if at least one partner is age 62 or older. Both same-sex and opposite-sex partnerships must be registered with the Secretary of State. The PEBB took into consideration the fact that same-sex partners have no current legal options to marry, whereas opposite-sex domestic partners have this option. The PEBB indicated its interest in continuing to pursue this benefit for all partners, but only with additional funding from the legislature. WSU will continue to work to extend benefits to employees in opposite-sex domestic partner relationships as well.

After the certification of Washington State Referendum 71, new laws about domestic partnerships took effect on December 2, 2009 and January 1, 2010. These laws are contained in Chapter 521, Laws of 2009 (E2SSB 5688), available for downloading at the Legislature’s Web site, www.leg.wa.gov.

 
 
 
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