Obamacare will cover same-sex spouses

Obamacare will cover same-sex spouses

POSTED: Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 10:18pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 8:51pm

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- More big news for same-sex couples: Starting next year, health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to same-sex spouses.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the clarification to current rules Friday, saying that insurance plans that offer coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also extend spousal coverage to same-sex couples.

"Insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when offering coverage," HHS said in a blog post.

Companies will now have until January 1, 2015 to fully comply, though HHS said it is encouraging insurers to comply this year as well.

The new mandate applies to health plans sold both on and off the Obamacare exchanges, and the announcement follows the Supreme Court's decision last summer to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act -- providing same-sex couples with access to more than 1,000 federal spousal benefits.

HHS said married same-sex couples are already treated equally when it comes to applying for Obamacare subsidies, meaning they are able to apply jointly for tax credits to help them pay for coverage.

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Why should anyone, any human being, be denied insurance that covers basic medical care, suz? Should those who do not conform to your bigoted racist holier-than-thou standards be condemned to suffer an illness or die because they have no insurance? Are you that cold in your convictions to give coverage to only those who are like you? I'd be very careful, if I were you, in judging even one other soul, suz...you are NOT God, but HE is...and I would suggest you're in BIG trouble, suz!!

We must have a lot of perverts in high places.

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