HHS Website Helps Small Businesses Support Gay Employees

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The Department of Health & Human Services has expanded its health insurance database to allow small business owners to locate plans that include same-sex partner coverage. Though employers may utilize the such plans, the Defense of Marriage Act still requires same-sex benefits to be unduly taxed, a burden the employer can choose to offset or leave to employees to cover.

Among the other searchable features of the new healthcare.gov is the ability to search by zip code, out-of-pocket limits, mental health coverage, and maternity coverage through over 2,700 coverage plans from 530 insurers.

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