OPM moves to provide health coverage for children of federal employees in domestic partnerships

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) today published a proposed rule that, when implemented, will provide health, dental and vision insurance coverage to children whose parents are in same-sex domestic partnerships.

This rule would amend the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB) and the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) to provide coverage to children under the age of 26 who have at least one federal employee parent, even for children with same-sex parents.  These changes would impact the millions of children who live in states where their same-sex parents are not able to legally marry or secure legal ties to them through second-parent adoption.

More information about this policy change and its impact can be found at the Family Equality Council (FEC) website and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) blog.