Thursday, December 3, 2009

New domestic partnership law = new insurance rights

Washington state's new domestic partnership law goes into effect today, creating new insurance rights for nearly 13,000 people in our state.

For most insurance coverage, it's pretty straightforward; wherever your policy says "spouse" it must also cover state-registered domestic partners. But if you're partner hasn't been named on your policy you'll need to contact your insurance company directly to make sure they're covered.

Here's a list of commonly asked questions about the new law and insurance.

Health insurance is less cut and dry. If your employer self insures -- meaning they don't have a private insurance plan -- state laws don't apply. If you're not sure what type of health plan you have, we can help. Call us at 1-800-562-6900 and we'll help you sort it out.

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