U of Central Florida May Offer Domestic Partner Benefits To Employees

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Employees at the University of Central Florida would get help paying for health insurance for gay partners under a new program that UCF's board of trustees is expected to approve Thursday. . The change is, in part, designed to help UCF recruit and retain top faculty, officials said. Many higher-education institutions nationwide — including Valencia College, Rollins College and Stetson University in Central Florida — already offer some sort of health insurance benefit for domestic partners. Under UCF's plan, employees could receive a stipend every other week to help offset the cost of private health insurance for same-sex partners. Because state health plans do not offer coverage for partners, they must acquire it elsewhere. The benefit would not be offered to opposite-sex domestic partners because state law allows them to marry, university spokesman Chad Binette said. The university has long offered insurance to employees' heterosexual spouses.

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