The Office of Personnel Management announced late last month that it plans to expand its current coverage of same-sex partner benefits next year. The further inclusion of same-sex partner benefits was announced alongside OPM’s decision to raise health insurance premiums by 3.5 percent on average for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
There aren’t many stipulations that need to be met to add a domestic partner or same-sex spouse to your insurance, and the same-sex partner benefits only apply to certain health insurance providers.
According to OPM, the coverage offered is generally at the individual as opposed to a group rate, and the terms and conditions of enrollment are not subject to OPM review.
What do you think of OPM’s plan? Are you happy or upset that the Fed is offering same-sex partner benefits?