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Springfield, Illinois Denies Health Insurance To Civil Union Partners

By Zack Ford

"Springfield, Illinois Denies Health Insurance To Civil Union Partners"

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The city of Springfield, Illinois has decided that the same-sex partners of its employees are not worth the cost to provide them health insurance. In a unanimous decision, the Joint Labor/Management Health Care Committee voted to deny partner benefits to employees in civil unions because the additional cost, a purported $725,000, is just too expensive. The city claims that because it is self-insured, the state law granting rights to couples in civil unions does not require it to provide the coverage. (HT: Reader Jason Pierceson.)

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