HHS Website Helps Small Businesses Support Gay Employees

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 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.